How do you make Spanish symbols with a keyboard?

Answered by Sandy G.Spanish

First of all, you must either have a Spanish keyboard or reconfigure your keyboard for Spanish typing.

In Spanish, the most common accents are the tilde, which accents only vowels and is identified with an apostrophe over the vowel, and the diéresis, which is used in Spanish with the syllables gue and gui to  indicate that the “u” should be pronounced, such as in pingüino (penguin).  The accent is always placed over the “u” indicated by two points, i.e. “¨” or “ü.

Contrary to what many people believe, the Ñ is a separate letter in the Spanish alphabet, and should not be confused with an accent over the letter n, even if you have to join two or more characters on the keyboard to type it.

On most reconfigured keyboards using Windows, to type a tilde, you should use the apostrophe and then the vowel, for instance; á, é, í, and ó. For the diéresis, type the quotation mark and then the letter “u.”  Some keyboards use the apostrophe key in uppercase for the diéresis. For the ñ, type the “~” and then the letter “n.”

On a Mac keyboard, to get the tilde, use “Option,” the letter “e” and the desired vowel. For example, to type “á,” type “Option” and the letter “e” simultaneously, then the letter “a.”  All vowels with tilde are typed using this same formula.   For the ñ, type “Option” and “n” at the same time, then press “n” again.

For the diéresis, type “Option” and the letter “u” together, and then type “u” again.

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