Almost all applications support Spanish accents. Guidelines for typing and using accents are given below. If you need to refer to additional characters, look under the Accents section.
- Accent Codes
- Language Codes (Spain and Latin America)
- Language Code:
- Language Code:
Windows ALT Codes
In Windows, combinations of the ALT key plus a numeric code from the number keypad can be used to type a non-English character in any Windows application.
See the detailed instructions on the ALT Code How To for complete information on implementing the code. Additional options for entering accents in Windows are also listed in the Accents section of this Web site.
Spanish ALT Codes
|º||ALT+0186 (Masculine Ordinal)|
|ª||ALT+0170 (Feminine Ordinal)|
|«||ALT+0171 (Left Angle Quote)|
|»||ALT+0187 (Right Angle Quote)|
- To input capital Á (ALT+0193), hold down the ALT key then type 0193 (all four digits) on the numeric keypad. The ALT codes do not work with the row of number keys on the top.
- To input lowercase á (ALT+0225), change the code from 0193 to 0225.
See the ALT Code How To for complete information on implementing the code.
Windows International Keyboard Codes
In order to use these codes you must activate the U.S. international keyboard.
Once the U.S. International keyboard has been activated, you can use the codes below.
|Acute Accent (e.g.Ó)|
(‘+V) – Type apostrophe (singe quote), then the vowel.
Type SHIFT+~, then either lowercase n or capital N.
('+V) – Type apostrophe (singe quote), then lowercase or capital U.
RightAlt+? (You must use the Alt key on the Right)
Windows Spanish Keyboard
If you wish to simulate a non U.S. keyboard, follow the instructions for
Activating Keyboard Locales to activate and switch Microsoft keyboards.
Macintosh Accent Codes
The Option codes below work in any Mac application.
|Acute Accent (e.g.Ó)|
Type Option+E, then the vowel. For instance, to type á
Type Option+N, then either lowercase N for ñ
Type Option+U, then either lowercase U for ü
Option+0 (Masculine Ordinal Number Marker)
Shift+Option+2 (may not work for older System 9 fonts)
Spanish Web Pages
If you are developing Web pages with Spanish content, the following information can make sure that the content is properly displayed.
utf-8) is the preferred encoding for Web sites. However, the following historic encodings may still be encountered.
iso-8859-15(adds support for the euro (€)
If possible, you should transition to Unicode.
Language Tags (Spain and Latin America)
Language Tags allow browsers and other software to process text more efficiently. They are also important for optimal screen reader accessibility.
Below are some common codes that might be used in the Hispanophone world.
Spanish and Major Dialects
es for Spanish is sufficient for most uses, but other dialectal codes could be useful in some situations
- Other country codes (ISO 3166-1-alpha-2)
Spain Minority Languages
Latin American Minority Languages
The codes below represent macrolanguages. For codes relating to specific regions, see the Ethnologue.
See the Ethnologue for additional language codes by country.
HTML Entity Codes
Although typing accented letters directly into Web pages is possible, the following codes may needed in some Web platforms to ensure that a Spanish character is correctly displayed.
Use these codes to input accented letters in HTML. For instance, if you want to type señor you would type
The numbers in parentheses are the numeric codes assigned in Unicode encoding. For instance, because ñ is number 241,
señor can also be used to input señor. These numbers are also used with the Windows Alt codes listed above.
Spanish HTML Entity Codes
Note: Older browsers may not the suport single angle codes (‹ / › for ‹ and ›).
Most content in Spanish.
Selected Minority Languages
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A non-related language spoken in the border between France and Spain.
See the Catalan page for more information.
A Romance language related to Spanish and Portuguese spoken on the northwestern portion of Spain north of Portugal.
Guaraní is widely spoken in Paraguay and is an official language there. Guaraní is part of the Guaraní-Tupi language family found in Eastern South America including Brazil.
- Guaraní (University of Mainz) – in Spanish
A form of Spanish as spoken by the medieval Jewish community. Most Ladino speakers were expelled from Spain in the late 1490s, but settled elsewhere in the Middle East.
This was formerly the language of the Inca Empire and modern versions of Quechua are still spoken in pars of Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.
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How to Type Spanish Letters and Accents (á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ñ, ¿, ¡)
67.5K There are several ways to configure your keyboard to type in the Spanish accented letters and upside-down punctuation (á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ñ, ¿, ¡) and which one you use depends on the frequency with which you need these letters.
- Inserting Accented Characters with an English Keyboard Layout
If you only need an accented character every now and then, there is no need to change your full keyboard layout.
There are several key combinations you can use to insert single characters into your text on a PC. The first is for newer computers using the Control key and may only work in Microsoft Office.
In Office for Windows: For accented vowles: Press Ctrl + ‘, then the vowel (ctrl + ' + a = á)
For Ñ: Press Ctrl + ~, then the letter n (ctrl + ~ + n = ñ)
The second way is using the ASCII code. Each character in your computer has a code made up of pressing the ALT key then a three-digit number, all of which are listed below.
á = Alt + 0225
é = Alt + 0233
í = Alt + 0237
ó = Alt + 0243
ú = Alt + 0250
ñ = Alt + 0241
ü = Alt + 0252
¡ = Alt + 0161
¿ = Alt + 0191
To type the numbers, you must use the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, not the number keys on the top row.
To get accented vowels on a 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:
Opt + e, then a = á
Opt + e, then e = é
Opt + e, then i = í
Opt + e, then o = ó
Opt + e, then u = ú
For the ñ, hold down the Option key while you type the n, then type n again.
Opt + n, then n = ñ
To type an umlaut over the u, hold down the Option key while pressing the u key then type u again.
Opt + u, then u = ü
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Opt + 1 = ¡
Opt + shift + ? = ¿
- Full Keyboard Configuration
For those using Spanish letters and punctuation on a regular basis, I recommend going into your Control Panel/System Preferences and add the Spanish keyboard configuration. This will mean you need to learn the new key placements, but it is very easy once you get used to it.
For Windows Vista
Go to your Control Panel Click on 'Clock, Language, Region Click on 'Change Keyboards' Click 'Add' and Select 'Spanish-International Sort' For Windows XP:
Go to your Control Panel Click on 'Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options' Click on 'Regional and Language Options' Select the 'Languages' tab at the top Click on 'Details' near the bottom Click 'Add' and choose 'Spanish-Traditional Sort' Go back to the 'Languages' tab and choose the option to 'switch languages' by pressing 'left alt-shift' at the same time. This way, you can switch to and from the Spanish and regular keyboard whenever you want. For Macs
Go to your System Preferences Click on 'International' Select the 'Input Menu' tab Scroll down to select 'Spanish - ISO' Note the keystrokes necessary to switch between languages OR Select 'Show input menu in menu bar' to be able to click-select which keyboard you want to use. Spanish-International Sort Keyboard Layout
Spanish-International Sort Keyboard Key Strokes
' + a = á
' + e = é
' + i = í
' + o = ó
' + u = ú
' + u = ü
Once you have installed your Spanish keyboard, it will react slightly differently than you are used to. First, you will notice that when you type an apostrophe ( ' ), nothing happens. This is because if you type a vowel immediately after, you will get an accented vowel (á, é, í, ó, ú). To get an apostrophe, push the key for the hyphen, next to the number 0. You can see several other changes in the picture below.
The quotes ( ' ) key behaves the same way as the apostrophe key in that it gives you the umlaut ( ¨ ) rather than quotes for the letter (ü) in words like 'lingüística'. To type in regular quotes, simply press shift then the number 2.
The semicolon ( ; ) key has also been replaced by the ñ. To type a regular semicolon, simply press shift then the comma key.