Accent Marks on a Mac

I did some experimenting and found several options. The interesting thing is which works seems to vary, depending on the program I am using. The first worked most of the time. The third is the one I used to use the most.
  1. Hold down the key for a second and a popup should show the options for that key. Click on the one you want.
  2. Click on the character viewer icon (by the date on the menu bar) and double click on the one you want. It should insert in the document. If it doesn’t, try control/clicking on it and select “Copy Character Info” then pasting that into your document and erase the extra info.
  3. From this website list is organized by Accent type. The sample shows a letter with that accent, and the Notes present any special comments about using that accent.

    For the Template, the symbol “V” means any vowel. The format is to hold the first two keys down simultaneously, release, then type the vowel you wish to be accented.

    Macintosh Option Codes for Accented Letters
    Acute ó Ó Option+E, V
    Circumflex ô Ô Option+I, V
    Grave ò Ò Option+`, V
    Tilde õ Õ Option+N, V Only works with “n,N,o,O,a,A
    Umlaut ö Ö Option+U, V

    Example 1: To input the letter ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release both keys then type lowercase o.

    Example 2: To input the letter Ó, hold down the Option key, then the E key. Release both keys then type capital O.

From: Mary Hochberg, March 10, 2016

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