How To Type Characters With Acute Accent Marks

Acute accent marks are used in English from foreign word borrowings

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Acute accent marks slant to the right over the top of certain vowels and consonants. Acute accent diacritical marks are used in Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek languages. Since you are most likely using a Latin alphabet keyboard, the languages and words borrowed most into English with acute accents come primarily from Spanish, Italian, French, and Portuguese and are used over vowels.

For an example, an acute accent mark is used in the French and Spanish word café.

In English, we sometimes use the accent mark to spell "café," when referring to a coffee bar.

Acute accent marks are found on the upper and lower case vowels: Á, á, É, é, Í, í, Ó, ó, Ú, ú, Ý, and ý.

Different Strokes for Different Platforms

There are several keyboard shortcuts to render an acute accent on your keyboard depending on your platform. 

Keep in mind that some programs or computer platforms may have special keystrokes for creating diacriticals, including the acute accent marks. See the application manual or help files if the following keystrokes do not work when trying to type acute accent marks. 

Mac Computers

On a Mac, hold down the letter while typing to create characters with the acute accent marks. A small menu will pop up with different accent options. For the uppercase version of the character, press the "Shift" key before you type the letter to be accented. 

Windows PCs

On Windows PCs, enable "Num Lock." Hold down the  "Alt" key while typing the appropriate number code on the numeric keypad to create characters with acute accent marks.

If you do not have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, these numeric codes will not work. The row of numbers at the top of the keyboard, above the alphabet, will not work for numeric codes.

Numeric codes for upper-case letters acute accent marks:

  • Á= Alt+0193
  • É= Alt+0201
  • Í= Alt+0205
  • Ó= Alt+ 0211
  • Ú= Alt+0218
  • Ý= Alt+0221

Numeric codes for lower-case letters acute accents marks are:

  • á= Alt+0225
  • é= Alt+0233
  • í= Alt+0237
  • ó= Alt+0243
  • ú= Alt+0250
  • ý= Alt+0253

If you do not have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, you can copy and paste accented characters from the character map. For Windows, locate the character map by clicking Start > All Programs Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. Or, click on Windows and type "character map" in the search box. Select the letter you need and paste it into the document you are working on.


Computer programmers use HTML (HyperText Markup Language) as the basic computer language to build web pages. HTML is used to create most every page you see on the web. It describes and defines the content of a web page.

In HTML, render characters with acute accent marks by typing the "&"(ampersand symbol), then the letter (A, e, U, etc ), then the word acute, then ";" (a semicolon) without any spaces between them, such as:

  • é=  é
  • Ú= Ú

In HTML the characters with acute accent marks may appear smaller than surrounding text. You might want to enlarge the font for just those characters under some circumstances.


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