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How To Type Characters With Circumflex Accent Marks


Circumflex characters
Circumflex accent marks look like little roofs over a letter and are found in words like château. In the case of the lower case i, the carets or circumflex accent marks replace the dot on the i.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: A few seconds to type or code a circumflex accented character

Here's How:

  1. The circumflex accent marks are found on the upper and lower case vowels  â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û

  2. On a Mac, hold down Opt and i (lowercase i) while typing the letter to create characters with circumflex accent marks.

  3. Under Windows hold down ALT while typing the appropriate number code on your numeric keypad to create characters with circumflex accent marks.

    For Windows, the number codes for the upper case letters are:
    Â 0194
    Ê 0202
    Î 0206
    Ô 0212
    Û 0219

    For Windows, the number codes for the lower case letters are:
    â 0226
    ê 0234
    î 0238
    ô 0244
    û 0251

  4. In HTML, create circumflex accent marks by typing & (ampersand symbol) then the letter (A, e, etc.), then the letters circ, then ; (semicolon) such as:
    & ecirc; for ê
    & Ucirc; for Û
    (with no space after the &)


  1. In HTML the circumflex accent marks may appear smaller than surrounding text. You might want to enlarge the font for just those characters under some circumstances.

  2. Under Windows, don't use the numbers at the top of keyboard. Use the numeric keypad and be sure Num Lock is turned ON.

  3. Some programs may have special keystrokes for creating diacriticals, including circumflex accent marks. See the application manual or help files if these keystrokes don't work for typing circumflex accent marks.

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