How to Type Accents on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to type accents on a Mac! If you frequently need to type in different languages or symbols that require accents, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we will explore various methods that will allow you to easily add accents to your text on a Mac.

Method 1: Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, Mac provides a built-in feature that allows you to quickly access accented characters.

To type an acute accent (´), simply press the Option key and then the E key. Release both keys and then type the letter that requires an accent. For example, to type é, press Option + E, release the keys, and then press E.

To add a grave accent (`), use the same method but press the Option key and then the ` key before typing the desired letter.

If you want to type a circumflex accent (^), press Option + I, release the keys, and then type the letter.

Method 2: Character Viewer

If keyboard shortcuts aren’t your thing or if you’re looking for less common accents, you can use the Character Viewer tool available on your Mac.

To access it, click on the Apple menu at the top left corner of your screen, go to System Preferences, then select Keyboard. In the Keyboard settings window, check the box next to “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar. “

The newly added menu bar icon will look like a small flag or smiley face.

Click on it and select “Show Character Viewer. “

In the Character Viewer window, you can choose from a wide range of accents and symbols. Simply find the accent you need, select it, and it will be inserted into your text at the cursor position.

Method 3: Key Repeat

If you need to type the same accent mark repeatedly, you can enable the Key Repeat feature on your Mac. This allows you to hold down a key and have it repeat until released.

To enable Key Repeat, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard tab. Adjust the “Key Repeat” slider to your desired speed.


In this tutorial, we’ve explored different methods for typing accents on a Mac. Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts, using the Character Viewer tool, or enabling Key Repeat, these options will make it easier for you to add accents to your text in various languages.

Now that you know how to type accents on a Mac, go ahead and explore different languages or symbols with confidence!

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