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Typing accents using ALT codes
This method is suitable for people who:
This method relies on the fact that "under the hood", the computer assigns a code or number to each symbol and letter of the alphabet. It is possible to type a character by directly entering its code on the numeric keypad.
How to type accents using this method
To type a character using this method:
The character codes (sometimes called "ALT codes") of some important characters used in French are given in the following table.
What if I don't know the code for a character?
So, how do you find the ALT code for an accented character if you don't know it?
The answer is that you can find the code to a character using the Windows Character Map utility. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and choose Character Map. This will present you with a grid of characters, as shown below. Clicking on a character in the grid will show you its ALT code in the bottom-right. In this example, we find that the ALT code for the German beta s character is 0223:
Although not very efficient, you can actually type accented characters by copying them directly from the Character Map utility. See the following page on typing accents using Characger Map.