How to Add Accents in PowerPoint

By Dustin Thornton

When you are creating a slide show in PowerPoint, Microsoft's presentation software, you may occasionally need to add accents over letters to spell foreign words or show the phonetic spelling of certain words. To add accents in Microsoft PowerPoint, you must actually replace the letter with a symbol of the letter with an accent over it. Replacing letters with symbols with accents is quick and easy and you can replace as many letters as you need to.

Step 1

Click "Start" and input "PowerPoint" into the Windows search bar. Press "Enter" to launch the program.

Step 2

Press the "Ctrl" key and "O" key on your keyboard simultaneously to launch the Open dialog box. Navigate to the location of a PowerPoint presentation file that you want to insert accents into and double-click it to open it.

Step 3

Click one of the slides on the left side of the screen that contains the word or words you want to add accents to. Locate the word on the slide and highlight the letter that requires an accent.

Step 4

Click "Insert" at the top of PowerPoint, and then click on "Symbol." A character map dialog box will appear with a list of symbols.

Step 5

Locate the symbol in the character map that resembles the letter with an accent over it. Select the symbol, and click "Insert" to replace the letter in the PowerPoint presentation with the letter with an accent mark.

Step 6

Repeat this process to replace all letters in your PowerPoint presentation with letters that need accent marks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Replace letters in Microsoft Word that requires accents using the same method.