How to Type Letters With Accents in Google Docs

By Naomi Bolton

Collaborating with other users is just one of the features of the Google Docs office suite, which is included with the Google Drive service. Depending on the language of the other users you collaborate with, or the nature of the documents, letters with accents may be required. To type these letters with a standard keyboard requires the use of Alt codes. These Alt codes are entered by holding down the "Alt" key and typing a value on the numeric keypad that matches the desired accented letter. Alternatively, insert the accented letters directly from the Google Docs Insert menu.

Alt Codes

Step 1

Sign in to your Google Docs account (link in Resources) using your Google account username and password.

Step 2

Select the document that you want to edit from the list on your drive or click the "Create" button and create a new document.

Step 3

Check that the Numlock key is activated, as this is required to use Alt codes. An indicator is used to display the status of the Numlock key.

Step 4

Press and hold down the "Alt" key and then type the number sequence that matches the accented letter you require using the numerical keypad of your keyboard. Check the Windows Alt Key Codes page (link in Resources) for the numeric code that corresponds to each accented letter. For example, type "0242" while holding down to "Alt" key to type an "o" with a grave accent.

Step 5

Release the "Alt" key after pressing the final digit on the numerical keypad. Repeat the process to add further accented letters to your Google Docs document

Google Docs Special Characters

Step 1

Sign in to your Google Docs account (link in Resources) using your Google account username and password.

Step 2

Select the document that you want to edit from the list on your drive or click the "Create" button and create a new document.

Step 3

Left-click to select where you want to place the accented character in your document and then click "Insert" from the Google Docs menu bar.

Step 4

Select "Special Characters" and then select "Latin."

Step 5

Select the accented letter you require and then click "Insert" to add it to your document.