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Writing in French
If you write in French on a laptop or on a regular basis on a desktop computer, the best way to type accents on a PC is with the international keyboard. But if you only type them occasionally and you have a full keyboard, you can use ALT codes. They work with the numeric keypad, NOT the row of numbers across the top of your keyboard.
In other words, these codes will not work on a laptop until you have a dedicated numeric keypad.
To type French accents with ALT codes, hold down the ALT key, then type the three or four digits listed here on the numeric keypad. Release the ALT key and the accented letter or special character will appear.
|ALT +||ALT +|
|a accent grave||à||133||À||0192|
|a e ligature||æ||145||Æ||146|
|e accent aigu||é||130||É||144|
|e accent grave||è||138||È||0200|
|o e ligature||œ||0156||Œ||0140|
|u accent grave||ù||151||Ù||0217|
Don’t use Windows?
Type French accents in any operating system
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I have a laptop with out the number pad. Is there anyway I can type the accents?
You can type accents, but not with ALT codes. You need to use the international keyboard instead: https://www.lawlessfrench.com/faq/type-accents/type-accents-in-windows/
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