The AutoCorrect function in Word can assist you in entering diacritics to provide their proper appearance in a word. AutoCorrect is programmed with a number of two- or three-key combinations that will correct the appearance of a letter with a diacritic.
To add a grave accent (`) above a letter, press Ctrl + ` and then type the letter that requires the grave accent. The grave accent can be applied to capital and lower-case vowels.
To add an acute accent (‘) above a letter, press Ctrl+’ and then type the letter that requires the acute accent. The acute accent can be applied to upper- and lower-case vowels, and upper- and lower-case “Y.”
To add an accent circumflex, (^) above a letter, press Ctrl + ^ and the letter that requires the accent circumflex. The accent circumflex can be applied to upper- and lower-case vowels.
To add a diaeresis (?) above a letter, press Ctrl +: and type the letter that requires the diaeresis. Diaereses can be applied to upper- and lower-case vowels, including “Y.”
To type a single symbol for a combined character like ? or ?, press Ctrl + AO, or Ctrl + OE. This command will work only for recognized “combined” letters.
To type an “A” or “a” with a ring over it, use the Ctrl + @ combination and type the upper- or lower-case “a”. To create a cedilla below the letter “C” or “c”, press Ctrl + , and type upper- or lower-case “c”. To create an ?, type Ctrl + /, then type the letter “O” or “o”.
The alternative to this is to select the proper character from the symbol dialogue box. If you often use words that require diacritics, you may find that learning the AutoCorrect key combinations is faster and more convenient.
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