How to Do the N in Spanish on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user who wants to type the letter “ñ” in Spanish? Look no further! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to easily add the “ñ” character to your text on a Mac.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you frequently need to type the letter “ñ” in Spanish, using keyboard shortcuts can save you a lot of time. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Open the document or application where you want to type the “ñ”.
  2. Step 2: Place your cursor at the desired location.
  3. Step 3: Press and hold the Option key (also known as Alt) on your keyboard.
  4. Step 4: While holding down the Option key, press the letter “n” key.

This combination of keys will produce the letter “ñ” wherever your cursor is placed. It’s that simple!

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you don’t need to type the letter “ñ” frequently or prefer using a visual interface, you can use the Character Viewer tool on Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Open any document or application where you want to insert the “ñ”.
  2. Step 2: Go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click on Edit.
  3. Step 3: From the drop-down menu, select Emoji & Symbols (or Special Characters).

A Character Viewer window will appear, showing you a vast collection of characters to choose from.

  1. Step 4: In the search bar of the Character Viewer window, type “ñ” and press Enter.
  2. Step 5: The letter “ñ” will appear in the list of characters. Click on it to select it.
  3. Step 6: Finally, click on the Insert button to add the selected character to your document or application.


If you don’t see the Character Viewer option in the Edit menu, you might need to enable it first. To do this:

  1. Go to System Preferences.
  2. Select Keyboard.
  3. Navigate to the Keyboard tab.
  4. Check the box that says “Show Keyboard, Emoji & Symbol viewers in menu bar”.

Once enabled, you can access the Character Viewer tool by clicking on its icon in the menu bar whenever you need it.

Congratulations! You have learned two different methods for typing the letter “ñ” in Spanish on your Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or a visual interface like Character Viewer, you can now effortlessly incorporate this essential character into your Spanish texts!

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