There is no doubt about the fact that Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world. It is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world.
With Spanish lessons booming all over the country, people have been keen on knowing various shortcuts and How to Type Spanish Letters and Accents in various Microsoft functions. So let’s discuss in detail about How to Type Spanish Letters and Accents into your files:
Inserting Spanish Keyboard
In case you frequently need to type Spanish letters and need instant access to Spanish letters, the best and the simplest way is to insert Spanish Keyboard. Take a look at how to do the same:
- From the Start menu, select Control Panel.
- Choose “Region and Language” and from the box that opens up select “Keyboards and Languages.” Select “Change Keyboards.”
- Now click “Add” and choose the Spanish keyboard that you prefer. You can choose Bolivia or Colombia or others stated under the Spanish language.
- Click “OK.”
- Now, you can easily switch between keyboard layouts, by pressing Alt+Shift.
And you are done! This is by far the most convenient and preferred method used to insert any foreign language symbols. In case your frequency of using Spanish language is more, go for this method.
Putting Accents on Letters in PowerPoint via Symbols
Let’s say you want to deliver a presentation to the Spanish audience or for whatever reasons need to prepare a Presentation in Spanish language; it can be done easily with Microsoft PowerPoint. There a lot of keyboard shortcuts available to insert Spanish letters.
However, these shortcuts are confusing and often result in mistakes. Another easier variant that exists is inbuilt symbols. Microsoft PowerPoint comes with its own inventory of symbols. Take a look at How Do I Put Accents on Letters in PowerPoint:
- Open PowerPoint on your desktop and put the cursor where you want to insert the accented letter in the slide.
- Click the “Insert” menu, then select the option “Symbol” from the Symbols menu.
- Hover over the list of symbols and select the accented letter you want to insert. Click on the “Subset” menu and find the group of letter according to the language you want. Like most of the Spanish accents are in the Latin-1 Supplement subset.
You can always change the font to the one you prefer by clicking the “font” option.
- Once you have selected the symbol, click the “Insert” button.
And that’s it! The particular symbol will be inserted.
How to Type Spanish Letters and Accents via Character Map
As far as symbols are concerned, there is no match to Character Map. It contains almost all literary characters or symbols and various foreign language characters. It is available on all Window machines for free.
Character Map can be used to insert symbols in any Microsoft Files be it PowerPoint, Word, Office, etc. Take a look at how to make use of it:
- Open the PowerPoint presentation or Word file in which you want to insert Spanish characters.
- Type “character map” in the Search field and press “Enter.” The Windows Character map will open up.
- Character Map contains all the symbols with all the accented letters. Choose the symbol you want to insert. Click the “Select” button and then the “Copy” button.
- Now simply Paste this in PowerPoint slide by pressing “Ctrl + V.”
- In case you want to frequently insert such symbols then you can simply “Pin This Program to Taskbar” for the easy access.
Spanish Accents on Microsoft Word
As far as Microsoft Word is concerned, one way to insert Spanish accents is via Character Map that we have discussed above. There is one more way, and it is by Symbol box that is inbuilt in MS-Word. You can choose any one method as per your preference.
So, for all those who have been asking about How do I get letters with accent marks in Microsoft Word, take a note of the steps:
- Launch the Word file in which you want to insert Spanish characters.
- Go to the Insert menu and select Symbol. Choose more Symbols to access all of them.
- Choose the symbol from the table.
- Choose “Latin-1 Supplement” from the subset drop-down menu situated in the upper right corner of the screen. Almost all Spanish accents are situated in this subset.
- Once you have selected the symbol, click the “Insert” button. With each selected accent, you can view a shortcut key below. These keys are basically keyboard shortcuts that you can use even that in the future, to make the task simpler.
In case you don’t want to insert a new language keyboard, there are various key combinations you can use to insert single characters into your text. They may seem confusing initially, but once you practice them, inserting such symbols becomes a cake walk.
The Spanish keyboard and the English keyboard doesn’t have much of differences except with a few additional shortcuts: Take a look at How to Put an Accent on a Letter of a Word Using Your Keyboard:
- To insert accented vowels, press Ctrl + ‘, then the vowel. In other words, all you have to do is type CTRL+’ (APOSTROPHE) and the letter. In case you want to exercise this on the capital letter, press the “Shift” key at the same time as the letter.
Ctrl + Alt + a = á
- For other words, Press the “Ctrl” and the “Shift” key and the ~ key and then the letter.
Ctrl + Shift + ~+ n = Ñ
- To insert the upside down question mark that is used at the beginning of a Spanish question, press “Alt,” and the “Ctrl,” and the “Shift” and the “?” key.
Ctrl+ Alt+ Shift+? = ¿
Now, there is one more way to do this, and that is via using the character or numerical codes. Make sure that while inserting them you use the keypad on the right of your keyboard and not the row of numbers at the top.
- Alt + 0225= á
- Alt + 0233= é
- Alt + 0243= ó
- Alt + 0237= í
- Alt + 0250= ú
- Alt + 0241= ñ
- Alt + 0252= ü
- Alt + 0161= ¡
- Alt + 0191= ¿
Using character codes is simpler as compared to the first method. Just press the Alt key and the specified three digit number for inserting a particular Spanish accent.
With all the hacks stated above on How to Type Spanish Letters and Accents, you can add Spanish keyboard settings to your Windows and simplify your task of inserting Spanish letters into your PowerPoint presentations or those Word files or Office documents.