French Accentuation – How to insert accents on a qwerty keyboard


As a French native, I came across a real difficulty when using a qwerty keyboard. THERE ARE NO ACCENTS ANYMORE!!! :,{

I worked really hard on switching from azerty to qwerty. I don’t think I want my poor brain to switch back and forth more than it does already! I am afraid it might fry the motherboard and the processor ^^

For the most part when I have to type something in French, I copy and paste the accents. What a waste of time! I naturally ended up not bothering anymore and dropped the accents. Bad bad bad!

Well, well, well. There is a way to insert characters as you type! All you have to do is press the ALT key while typing a 4 digit code on the keypad. As soon as you release the ALT key, the accentuated letter appears! Tidda!
Try it! Hold ALT and type the code: 0233. Héhéhé ^^

You can also insert characters that are used specifically in French such as cedillas (Ç, ç), the Euro sign (€), the square (²), the degree for Celsius temperature (°), angled quotation mark («») etc

I made a table for the accentuation and the most commonly used characters in the French language but you might want to make your own list.

All you have to do is find the shortcuts in the character map.
Open Character Map by clicking the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking System Tools, and then clicking Character Map.
You can also run the command “charmap”

I am not a Mac user but if you are, here is a tutorial to teach your qwerty Mac to speak French”: Link


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  1. Wow! Thank you for the link to Mac qwerty in French. It always bugs me when I need an accent and have to cut and paste. Not that I speak/write French, other than typing a few words now and then, but when an accent is needed, you’ve gotta have have it.

    November 5th, 2009

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