Type Accents: ALT Codes

Writing in French

If you write in French regularly or on a laptop, 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, they don’t work on laptops.

To type 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 circonflexe â   131   Â   0194
a tréma ä   132   Ä   142
a e ligature æ   145   Æ   146
c cédille ç   135   Ç   128
e accent aigu é   130   É   144
e accent grave è   138   È   0200
e circonflexe ê   136   Ê   0202
e tréma ë   137   Ë   0203
i circonflexe î   140   Î   0206
i tréma ï   139   Ï   0207
o circonflexe ô   147   Ô   0212
o e ligature œ   0156   Œ   0140
u accent grave ù   151   Ù   0217
u circonflexe û   150   Û   0219
u tréma ü   129   Ü   154
guillemets «   174   »   175
symbole euro   0128  

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5 Responses

  1. arya 5 December 2018 / 8:12

    i m not able to get the accents
    i tried all the tricks

    • lkl 5 December 2018 / 12:06

      Are you using a computer with a full keyboard? If not (if you’re using a laptop or a mobile device) ALT codes will not work. You need to try one of the other options listed here.

  2. barbra 14 October 2018 / 5:32

    I have a laptop with out the number pad. Is there anyway I can type the accents?

  3. Marie Elizabeth Gaffey 30 January 2018 / 15:08

    I was a bit stuck about how to do a circumflex on a “O” when I was tweeting something in French to a few aquaintances of mine. This site has helped me loads. Mèrci beaucoup!