Typing Spanish Text Characters

¡ ¡ 173 opt-1 inverted exclamation mark
¿ ¿ 168 opt-shift-/ inverted question mark
á á 160 opt-E A small a, acute accent
opt-E shift-A capital A, acute accent
é é 130 opt-E E small e, acute accent
É É 144 opt-E shift-E capital E, acute accent
í í 161 opt-E I small i, acute accent
opt-E shift-I capital I, acute accent
ñ ñ 164 opt-N N small n, tilde
Ñ Ñ 165 opt-N shift-N capital N, tilde
ó ó 162 opt-E O small o, acute accent
opt-E shift-O capital O, acute accent
ú ú 163 opt-E U small u, acute accent
opt-E shift-U capital U, acute accent


Hold down the "Alt" key while typing (using the numbers keys to the right of the keyboard) the three numbers in the "Windows" column of the chart then let up on the "Alt" key. If you don't have a numbers keypad, hold down the "Fn" and "Alt" keys while typing the three numbers on the beveled front of the keys. ("1" is on the "J" key)

Another appoach is to display the character map using Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Character Map.
Windows Character Map
Copy and paste special characters from the Character Map into your document. The "Alt" keystrokes for the highlighted character are displayed in the lower right. To add another keyboard language, Start -> Settings -> Control Panel, double-click on Keyboard and select the Language tab.


If you have the "U.S." keyboard selected, type the sequence in the chart (at the top of this page) to produce the Spanish characters. Alternatively, open the Keyboard Control Panel (OS 8 and 9) or System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu (OS X) and put a check-mark by "Spanish" or "Spanish-ISO" in addition to "U.S." and rotate between the keyboard layouts using the icon in that will appear (when more than one layout is selected) on the top menu bar.

John Neuhaus, john at jneuhaus.com, Friday, February 2, 2007