How to Type Spanish Accents on macOS

Here you'll find everything you need to know to type accents on macOS. Not knowing how to type accents and special letters can mean the difference between año for year, and ano for anus. You don't want to make that kind of mistake. Trust us. So we're here to help!

Typing Punctuation

¿ = opt + shift + ? simultaneously

¡ = opt + ! simultaneously

For example:
¿En serio? = Seriously?

¡Auxilio! = Help!

Typing Accents

́ = type opt + e followed by the vowel

For example: canción = song lápiz = pencil

How to Type ñ

ñ = type opt + n followed by n

For example:

niño = child/boy

año = year


ü = type opt + u followed by u

For example:

güero, bilingüe

Capital Letter Accents

opt + e followed by shift + the vowel

For example: Árbol = tree


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