How To Get Those Accent Marks Into Your Correspondence


Q. I have international clientele and when I correspond with them, I must use letters, accents and sometimes even punctuation marks that are not on my computer keyboard. Any suggestion on how I can accomplish this?

A. If you use foreign characters only occasionally, I can show you how to produce them with your regular keyboard. But if your correspondence is heavy, you may want to buy a special foreign-language keyboard.

In the meantime the box at right shows the keystroke shortcuts that will produce the most popular foreign characters.

Ctrl+` (accent grave, which is above the Tab key) , , , , , , , , ,
Ctrl+' (apostrophe) , , , , , y, , , , , , Y
Ctrl+Shift+^ (caret) , , , , , , , , ,
Ctrl+Shift+~ (tilde) , , , , ,
Ctrl+Shift+: (colon) , , , , , , , , , , , Ÿ
Ctrl+Shift+@, a or A ,
Ctrl+Shift+&, a or A ,
Ctrl+Shift+&, o or O œ, Œ
Ctrl+, (comma), c or C ,
Ctrl+' (apostrophe), d or D , D
Ctrl+/, o or O ,
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+?
Alt+Ctrl+Shift+!
Ctrl+Shift+&, s

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