Inserting Foreign Characters in Microsoft Word

By Allen Wyatt for Word.Tips.Net

Inserting Foreign Characters in Microsoft Word

If English is your native language, you may periodically have a need to type something that contains a character that doesn’t appear in the English alphabet. For instance, words that are of French descent (such as resume) may require an accent over some of the vowels to be technically correct.

One way to handle such characters, of course, is to use the Symbol dialog box to look for the character you need. While this approach is possible, it can quickly become tedious if you use quite a few special characters in your writing.

Fortunately, Word includes a set of handy shortcuts for creating foreign characters.

Ctrl+’ Adds an acute accent to the character typed next
Ctrl+’ When followed by d or D, creates the old English character “eth”
Ctrl+` Adds a grave accent to the character typed next
Ctrl+^ Adds a circumflex to the character typed next
Ctrl+~ Adds a tilde to the character typed next

More shortcuts follow here:

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(for those using menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)

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3 thoughts on “Inserting Foreign Characters in Microsoft Word

  1. This does not work on all English keyboards. It may work if your keyboard is set for US English but not for UK or South African English settings

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