How do I write letter accents and other special characters on a post?

Windows / PC

In Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code can be used to type an accented letter or punctuation symbol in any Windows application. More detailed instructions about typing accents with ALT keys are available.


  • On a Mac, press and hold the letter on your keyboard that you want to add an accent to.
    • Click the special character you want or choose it with the associated number with your keyboard.
    • The letter accent menu won’t show up if there aren’t any options available.

And you can use special character keyboard shortcuts:

  • Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources
    • Press and hold option on the keyboard to see some of the special characters (e.g. option + p = π)
    • Press and hold option + shift on the keyboard to see more special characters (e.g. option + shift + k = )
    • Another option is to use dead keys.
  • You can also click the check at the bottom of Input Sources to add it to your menu bar for quick access, then choose Keyboard Viewer or Show Emoji & Symbols

You can read the in-depth instructions for Mac for more details.

Mobile Apps

If you're using the mobile app, you can change your phone keyboard to support language accents. Check out these iOS and Android users guides for more information.

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