But you have some German names or French mots justes and they have pesky accents on them. Oh no.
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Note that even though you always call up the accent with option-i, the circumflex is also found above a, e, o and u as well. The circumflex gets around. Unlike the cedilla which is utterly loyal to the letter c, under which it appears. Spanish has its own special additions. So for the tilde that appears above the letter n, you need to type option-n and then n again.
As if by magic a giant tilde appears which shrinks to fit the n when you type the second n.
Simply press and hold the letter you want to accent and a pop-over menu will appear showing the options. Simply click on the correct symbol and it will insert itself in what you're typing.
If the method doesn't work, it may be because the software you're using such as a word processor doesn't take advantage of the feature built into to the operating system. It is also possible that you may have the key repeat function turned off.
If the method above doesn't work, here's another way — it isn't intuitive, but it is easy to master. This tells your computer that the next letter will have the acute accent. The process is similar for the other special letters.
Typing Spanish Accents
To type Spanish punctuation, it is necessary to press two or three keys at the same time. Here are the combinations to learn:. Some versions of the Mac OS also offer an alternate method, known as the Character Palette, that is more cumbersome than the above method but can be used if you forget the key combinations. To open the Character Palette if you have it available, open the Input menu on the top right of the menu bar to find it.
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