How Do You Put an Accent Over a Letter in Google Docs – A Guide


Matthew Burleigh

Have you ever come across words in a different language that have those fancy accents over them and wondered how you can do that in Google Docs? Well, it’s actually pretty easy once you know how. In this article, I’m going to walk you through the simple steps to put accents over letters in Google Docs. By the end of this, you’ll be accenting like a pro!

Step by Step Tutorial: Adding Accents in Google Docs

Before we jump into the steps, let me explain what we’re about to do. Adding an accent over a letter in Google Docs is a two-step process. First, we’ll use a special set of codes called Unicode, and then we’ll use a key combination to bring the accent to life. Ready? Let’s go.

Step 1: Open Google Docs and Select the Text

Open Google Docs and click into the document where you want to insert an accented letter.

Once you’re in your document, just click where you want the accent to go. If you’re adding an accent to an existing letter, highlight that letter by dragging your cursor over it.

Step 2: Use the Unicode

Type the Unicode for the accent you want to insert. For example, to put an acute accent over the letter ‘e,’ you would type ‘U+00E9’.

Each accent has its own Unicode. You can find a list of these codes online or in Google Docs’ help section. Don’t worry about memorizing them; just keep the list handy for when you need it.

Step 3: Press ‘Alt’ + ‘X’

After typing the Unicode, press ‘Alt’ + ‘X’ on your keyboard. The code will transform into the accented letter.

Make sure you’re pressing the ‘Alt’ key on the right side of your keyboard if you have one. Otherwise, the left ‘Alt’ key should work fine. If the accent doesn’t appear, try typing the code again and make sure you’re not missing any characters.

After following these steps, you should see your accented letter in the document. Now you can spice up your writing with that international flair!

Tips for Adding Accents in Google Docs

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when adding accents in Google Docs:

  • Always double-check the Unicode before pressing ‘Alt’ + ‘X’ to ensure you’re getting the correct accent.
  • If you’re using a Mac, the key combination might be different. You’ll likely use ‘Option’ instead of ‘Alt’.
  • Remember that some fonts may not support certain accents, so if it’s not working, try changing the font.
  • Practice makes perfect. Try adding a few different accents to get the hang of it.
  • Keep a list of commonly used accents and their Unicode handy for quick reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add accents to letters in Google Docs on a Mac?

On a Mac, you’ll use the ‘Option’ key along with a letter key to create the accent, then type the letter you want to accent. For example, ‘Option’ + ‘e’ followed by ‘e’ will give you ‘é’.

Can I add accents to capital letters?

Yes, you can add accents to both lowercase and uppercase letters. Just make sure to use the correct Unicode for the capital letter.

What if I don’t want to use Unicode?

If you’re not comfortable with Unicode, you can also use Google Docs’ built-in special characters menu to insert accented letters. Just go to ‘Insert’ > ‘Special characters’ and search for the accent you need.

Why isn’t my accent appearing after I type the Unicode?

Make sure you’re typing the ‘U+’ part of the Unicode, and that you’re using the correct key combination (‘Alt’ + ‘X’ on Windows or ‘Option’ on Mac). If it still doesn’t work, double-check that you have the right code.

Are there shortcuts for adding accents in Google Docs?

While there are no direct shortcuts, once you memorize the Unicode for the accents you use frequently, it becomes a quick process.


  1. Open Google Docs and select the text.
  2. Type the Unicode for the desired accent.
  3. Press ‘Alt’ + ‘X’ to convert the Unicode into an accented letter.


Adding accents over letters in Google Docs is a breeze once you know the steps. Remember to open your document, input the correct Unicode, and use the magical ‘Alt’ + ‘X’ key combo, and voila! You’ll have beautiful accented letters at your fingertips. Whether you’re writing in Spanish, French, or any other language that uses accents, this skill will help your documents look professional and accurate. So, go ahead and give it a try; soon, you’ll be adding accents over letters in Google Docs like a seasoned linguist!

Matthew Burleigh

Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech content online for more than ten years. He enjoys writing about Google Docs in addition to many other applications and devices and has cumulatively covered Google’s word-processing application in hundreds of different articles.

He has been published on dozens of popular websites, and his works have accumulated millions of pageviews.
While focused primarily on tutorials and guides for popular electronics like the iPhone and iPad, as well as common applications like Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, he covers topics across the entire technology spectrum.

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