Some common characters don’t need help from Autocorrect in Word.
Our good friend and budding woodworker, Rose Vines adds her $0.02 to our AutoCorrect suggestions, especially for accented characters.
This is something we’ve talked about in Office-Watch.com before, but is worth repeating.
“There’s very simple built-in shortcuts for accented characters in both Word and in Outlook:
Ctrl + ‘ , A
Ctrl + ‘ , E
Ctrl + ‘ , I
Ctrl + ‘ , O
Ctrl + ‘ , U
Ctrl + ‘ , Shift + E
Ctrl + Shift + ~, N
Ctrl + Shift + ~, Shift + N
Alt + Ctrl + Shift + ?
Alt + Ctrl + Shift + !
Ctrl + Shift + : , U
In other words, for a acute above a letter, press Ctrl and the apostrophe together then the letter. If that letter has an acuted version (eg á é ý etc. ) then it will appear. If there’s NO acute version (eg g z etc.) then nothing appears in the document or email.
The same goes for other accents; they all have Ctrl + prefixes:
Acute Ctrl + ‘
Circumflex Ctrl + ^
Tilde Ctrl + ~
Umlaut / Diaeresis / Trema Ctrl + :
Ring above Ctrl + @
These shortcuts work for common accents but not all. For example a circumflexed letter Y (Unicode hex 0177) doesn’t have a Ctrl + ^ shortcut. The ring above shortcut works for upper and lower case A but not the letter U .
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