The circumflex is a popular diacritic mark used in French, as well as several Slavic languages, to alter the sound of a vowel. The circumflex looks very similar to a carrot mark, as used in editing. The circumflex is placed above a letter to indicate that it should be pronounced differently. When typing in other languages on an American keyboard, there are no keys to indicate accents, including the carrot-shaped circumflex. Fortunately, using an alt-code table, you can easily type characters with diacritic marks without having to download any special computer programs.
Things You'll Need
- Alt-code table
Locate an alt-code table online. See the resources section for a sample table. Find the specific code for the letter you need to type.
Place the cursor where you will need to type the letter with the circumflex.
Hold down the alt key. With the key held down the entire time, type the code for the letter you need. Release the alt key and the letter will appear. For example, if you need to type an e with a carrot mark above it, you would hold down alt and then type the numbers 136.
Check to make sure that the special character worked. Continue typing as normal.
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