French

Shortcuts for foreign characters, software for writing in a foreign language, and setting your keyboard to a selected language.

Typing in French

The following shortcuts work with most applications and browsers:

 

French Accents on PCs: 

 

Acute Accent

é

alt + 130

É

alt + 144

Grave Accent

à
è
ù

alt + 133
alt + 138
alt + 151

À
È
Ù

alt + 0192
alt + 0200
alt + 0217

Cédille

ç

alt + 135

Ç

alt + 128

Circumflex

â
ê
î
ô
û

alt + 131
alt + 136
alt + 140
alt + 147
alt + 150

Â
Ê
Î
Ô
Û

alt + 0194
alt + 0202
alt + 0206
alt + 0212
alt + 0219

Tréma

ä
ë
ï
ü

alt + 132
alt + 137
alt + 139
alt + 129

Ä
Ë
Ï
Ü

alt + 142
alt + 0203
alt + 0207
alt + 154

Quotation Marks

«
»

alt + 174
alt + 175

 

French Accents on Macs:

 

Acute Accent

é

option + e , then e

Grave Accent

à, è, ù

option + `, then the letter

Cédille

ç

option + c

Circumflex

â, ê, î, ô, û

option + i, then the letter

Tréma

ë, ï, ü

option + u, then the letter

Quotation Marks

«
»

option + \
option + shift + \

 

Foreign Language Accent Marks on a PC

Software for PCs:

The Microsoft Office suite supports Spanish, French, and Italian spell check. You can set it as your default language by using these instructions.

Gmail also supports foreign language spell check, to use this: click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Español, Francais, or Italiano. You may still have correctly spelled words appear misspelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Options window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Here are the LTS instructions for setting up a foreign language keyboard:

Foreign Lanuage Accent Marks on a Mac

Software for Macs:

The Microsoft Office Suite supports Spanish, French, and Italian spell check. You can set it as your default language by using these instructions.

Gmail also supports foreign language spell check, to use this: click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Español, Francais, or Italiano. You may still have correctly spelled words appear mispelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Options window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Here are the LTS instructions for setting up a foreign language keyboard: