It’s so easy to type Spanish accents using a Mac. Here are step by step instructions for you. I recommend printing them out, and posting them near your computer until you have these short cuts memorized!
To get accents on the Mac, hold down the Alt/Option key, and while holding it down, type the letter ‘e’; then release those keys and type the letter that you want the accent to appear on:
- á = Opt + e, then a
é = Opt + e, then e
í = Opt + e, then i
ó = Opt + e, then o
ú = Opt + e, then u
For the ‘ñ’, hold down the Alt/Option key while you type the ‘n’; release and type n again.
- ñ = Opt + n, then n
To place the diaeresis over the ‘u’, hold down the Alt/Option key while pressing the ‘u’ key; release and type ‘u’ again.
- ü = Opt + u, then u
The inverted punctuation marks are achieved as follows:
- ¡ = Opt + 1
¿ = Opt + shift + ?
If you are like me, you always forget when to add the accent mark and end up writing something completely different than what you meant! Here’s a reminder of the Rules of Using Accent Marks in Spanish.