How to Make an Accent Mark on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

If you are using a Mac and need to type characters with accent marks, you’re in luck! Mac computers have built-in features that make it easy to add accent marks to letters and symbols. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating accent marks on your Mac keyboard.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the quickest ways to add an accent mark is by using keyboard shortcuts. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the accent mark.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the Option key on your Mac keyboard.
  3. Step 3: While holding down the Option key, press the letter or symbol that needs an accent mark.
  • Note:
    • If there are multiple options for accent marks for a particular letter, a small menu will appear showing the available choices. Use the arrow keys to select the desired accent mark and press Enter.
    • The most commonly used letters with accent marks are á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ñ.

      For example, to type ú with an accent mark, press and hold Option while pressing U. Release both keys, then type U again.

    • This method works in most text editing applications such as Pages, TextEdit, Microsoft Word, etc.

    Method 2: Using Character Viewer

    If you can’t remember all the keyboard shortcuts or want more options for adding accent marks or other special characters:

    1. Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the accent mark.
    2. Step 2: Go to the top menu bar and click on the Edit option.
    3. Step 3: From the drop-down menu, select Emoji & Symbols. This will open the Character Viewer window.
    4. Step 4: In the Character Viewer window, select the Accents tab.
    5. Step 5: Browse through the available accent marks and click on the desired one. It will be inserted at your cursor’s position in your document.


    You have successfully learned how to make an accent mark on a Mac. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or the Character Viewer, adding accent marks to letters and symbols is now a breeze. Experiment with different accents and characters to enhance your writing and communicate more effectively.

    Remember, these methods work across various applications on your Mac, so whether you are typing an email, writing a document, or creating content for your website, you can easily add accent marks whenever needed.

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