Shortcuts for typing ACCENT MARKS doesn't work?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ben37, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. ben37 macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
    Hey all.
    On mavericks here and I'm realizing that the shortcuts I used to use for foreign language accent marks no longer work....

    This describes how I used to do it:

    To get accents on the Mac, hold down the 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 Option key while you type the n; release and type n again.

    ñ = Opt + n, then n

    What setting needs to be switched on/off for these shortcuts to work while writing text? thanks!
  2. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    I'm not sure your shortcuts are correct...

    try opt-a, opt-e, opt-u, etc., then the letter you want to have an accent for


    This is how it has always worked as far as I can recall.
  3. Nermal, Jan 13, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2014

    Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Both sets are correct, they just do different types of accents.

    Check System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources. If your primary language is English then you should use an English input source; other sources may not provide the same accents. For example, US and Kotoeri do, but Maori doesn't (I don't have experience with any others).
  4. ben37 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012

    Weird, in System prefs>inputs it was set to unicode hex, whatever that is! I changed back to english and now they work!

    Danke Schön!

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