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How To Type Characters With Grave Accent Marks


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Grave accent marks appear over certain vowels and slant to the left. Words like voilà contain characters with grave accent marks.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: A few seconds to type or code a grave accented character

Here's How:

  1. Grave accent marks are found on the upper and lower case vowels À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù
  2. On a Mac, hold down Opt and ` (grave mark) while typing the letter to create characters with grave accent marks.
  3. Under Windows hold down ALT while typing the appropriate number code on your numeric keypad to create grave accent marks.

    For Windows, the number codes for the upper case letters are:
    À 0192
    È 0200
    Ì 0204
    Ò 0210
    Ù 0217

    For Windows, the number codes for the lower case letters are:
    à 0224
    è 0232
    ì 0236
    ò 0242
    ù 0249

  4. In HTML, create grave accent marks by typing & (ampersand symbol) then the letter (A, e, etc.), then the word grave, then ; (semicolon) such as:
    & egrave; for è
    & Ugrave; for Ù
    (with no space after the &)


  1. In HTML the grave 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 such as grave accent marks. See the application manual or help files if these keystrokes don't work for typing grave accent marks.

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