Some letters don’t need AutoCorrect

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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 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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