How to Insert Accents in Excel

By Michelle Varsallona

If you need to use words from a foreign language in an Excel document, you may have to use accented letters. Many foreign languages use accents over or under letters. Depending on which accent mark is with a letter, it will make that letter sound differently. Fortunately, Microsoft Excel allows you to insert accented letters with a special code.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Excel. Start a new document, or open a saved document.

Step 2

Set your cursor to where you want to insert the accented letter. If you currently have a letter where the accented letter is supposed to be, remove it.

Step 3

Hold "Alt" while entering the four-digit code that creates the accented letter that you need. Refer to your computer's "Character Map" for the codes (see Resources).