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The table below shows the keyboard shortcuts for typing international characters and special symbols.

Windows PC Tip: 
Note: On Windows computers you can add the International keyboard in the Regional setting of the control panel.
This will allow you to select either the standard US or the International keyboard from the system tray to quickly switch between the two.
Using the International keyboard makes it much easier to type accented and special characters than the 'alt' key method as shown in the following table.
Please see this Microsoft article for help setting up your PC with the International keyboard option.



Keyboard Shortcuts

Language

Character

PC

(Hold alt key down while typing number code, then release)

Mac

French
º
Alt , then 0186 Option + 0 (zero)
à  (À)
Alt , then 0224   (0192)
Option + ` , then a    (Shift + a)
â   (Â )
Alt , then 0226   (0194) Option + i  , then a    (Shift + a)
ç   (Ç )
Alt , then 0231   (0199) Option + c    (Shift + c)
œ  (Œ)
Alt , then 0156   (0140) Option + q    (Shift q)
é   (É )
Alt , then 0233   (0201) Option + e  , then e    (Shift + e)
è   (È )
Alt , then 0232   (0200) Option + `  , then e    (Shift + e)
ê   (Ê )
Alt , then 0234   (0202) Option + , then e    (Shift + e)
ë   (Ë )
Alt , then 0235   (0203) Option + u , then   (Shift + e)
î   (Î )
Alt , then 0238   (0206) Option + i  , then   (Shift + i)
ï   (Ï )
Alt , then 0239   (0207) Option + u  , then i   (Shift + i)
ù   (Ù )
Alt , then 0249   (0217) Option + ` , then u    (Shift + u)
ú   (Ú )
Alt , then 0250   (0218) Option + e  , then e    (Shift + e)
ô   (Ô )
Alt , then 0244   (0212) Option + i  , then o   (Shift + o)
û   (Û )
Alt , then 0251   (0219) Option + i  , then u    (Shift + u)
« Alt , then 0171 Option + \
» Alt , then 0187 Option + Shift + \

German
ä   (Ä )
Alt , then 0228   (0196) Option + u  , then    (Shift + a)
ë   (Ë )
Alt , then 0235   (0203) Option + u  , then e   (Shift + e)
ö   (Ö )
Alt , then 0246   (0214) Option + u  , then o   (Shift + o)
ü   (Ü )
Alt , then 0252   (0220) Option + u  , then u   (Shift + u)
ß
Alt , then 0223 Option + s

Italian
º
Alt , then 0186 Option + 0 (zero)
à  (À ) Alt , then 0224 Option + ` , then a    (Shift + a)
ç   (Ç )
Alt , then 0231   (0199) Option + c    (Shift + c)
è   (È ) Alt , then 0232   (0200) Option + `  , then e    (Shift + e)
é   (É )
Alt , then 0233   (0201) Option + e  , then e    (Shift E)
ì   (Ì )
Alt , then 0236   (0204) Option + `  , then i    (Shift + i)
ò   (Ò )
Alt , then 0242   (0210) Option + `  , then o    (Shift + o)
ù   (Ù )
Alt , then 0249   (0217) Option + `  , then u    (Shift + u)

Spanish
º
Alt , then 0186 Option + 0 (zero)
á   (Á )
Alt , then 0225   (0193) Option + e , then a    (Shift + a)
é   (É )
Alt , then 0233   (0201) Option + e  , then e    (Shift + e)
í   (Í )
Alt , then 0237   (0205) Option + e  , then i    (Shift + i)
ñ   (Ñ )
Alt , then 0241   (0209) Option + n  , then n    (Shift n)
ó   (Ó Ó )
Alt , then 0243   (0211) Option + e  , then o    (Shift + o)
ú   (Ú )
Alt , then 0250   (0218) Option + e  , then u    (Shift + u)
ü   (Ü )
Alt , then 0252   (0220) Option + u  , then u    (Shift + u)
¿   Alt , then 0191 Option + Shift + ?
¡   Alt , then 0161 Option + 1

Currency
£   (British Pound) Alt  , then 0163
Option + 3
¢   (Cent sign) Alt  , then 0162 Option + 4
ƒ   (Dutch Florin) Alt  , then 0131
Option + f
€   (Euro Currency) Alt  , then 128
Option + Shift + 2
¥   (Japanese Yen) Alt  , then 165
Option + y

Mathematics
°   (Degree)
Alt  , then 0176
Option + Shift + 8
÷   (Division)
Alt  , then 0247
Option + /
µ   (Micro)
Alt  , then 0181
Option + m
¬   (Not)
Alt  , then 0172
Option + l
‰   (Per Millie)
Alt  , then 0137
Option = Shift + r
±   Plus/minus)
Alt  , then 0177
Option + Shift + =

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