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How to Type French Accent Marks on a Mac

Updated February 21, 2017

In French, accent marks show a change in the pronunciation of a letter. The French language uses five accent marks --- four accent marks are used with vowels and one accent mark is used with the letter "C." The accent marks are: accent aigu, or acute accent; accent grave, or grave accent; accent circonflexe, or circonflex; accent trema, or umlaut; and cedilla. You can type French accent marks by entering a keyboard shortcut on your Mac computer.

Press the "Option" and "E" keys on the keyboard. Release them and type a lower case or upper case vowel to type an acute accent.

Press the "Option" and "I" keys on the keyboard. Release them and type a lower case or upper case vowel to type a circumflex accent.

Press the "Option" and "`" keys on the keyboard. Release them and type a lower case or upper case vowel to type a grave accent.

Press the "Option" and "U" keys on the keyboard. Release them and type a lower case or upper case vowel to type an umlaut.

Press the "Option" and "C" keys to type a lower case cedilla. Press the "Shift," "Option" and "C" keys to type an upper case cedilla.

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