Add French Accents in Word 2010

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Hello and welcome to VisiHow. In this video, I'm going to show you how to add French accents to letters in Microsoft Word 2010, when using an English keyboard. Often, people need to add accents to words because on an English keyboard it does not have the French accents. Using hotkey commands, we can add the accents and continue to write in an acceptable French style.

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    The first accent we're going to add is the acute accent.
    To do that, we're going to use 'Ctrl', with the 'Accent grave' button here. The accents are always on the vowels: A, E, I, O, and You. So if we press the 'Ctrl' button and the acute-accent button, with 'A', you can see the accent on top of the "A". And we can do the same with the "E", by pressing 'Ctrl', the acute accent, and 'E'. There we go. We can also do it with I, O, and You.
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    If we want to make any of these into capitals, we can select them and then use 'Shift' and 'F3'.
    And you see that has made them into capitals. And we can change the case, lower case or upper case.
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    Then to make the 'circonflexe', which is like a small arrow on top of the vowel pointing upwards, we're going to use 'Ctrl', 'Shift' and the 'Caret' which is here above the 6.
    It's the small arrow pointed upwards. So we're going to press 'Ctrl', 'Shift', the 'Caret' together all at the same time, and then click the vowel. That will allow you to make that adjustment. Now you can see I have all the vowels with the circonflexe on top.
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    Next, we're going to try and add the two dots over the top.
    To do that, we're going to use 'Ctrl', 'Shift', and the 'Colon'. The colon is here, the two dots with one above the other. So let me use 'Ctrl', 'Shift', 'Colon', 'A'. As you can see here, that has added the two dots above the "A". And we can do the same with E, I, O, and You. There you can see all the vowels have their accents on top.
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    So next, we're going to create the 'aesc', which is the A and the E combined.
    To do that, we're going to press 'Ctrl', 'Shift' and the 'And' hieroglyphic which is above the 7. So we press 'Ctrl', 'Shift', 'And', and 'A'. And as you see, we have the combined vowels. We can also do the same with 'Ctrl','Shift' 'And', 'O'.
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    And finally, we have the "C" with the tail.
    To add this, we're going to use 'Ctrl', plus 'Comma' which is here, and 'C'. And there you see the French "C" with the small tail has been added.
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    So if you need to make any of these letters into capitals or to change the case, you can do that by using 'Shift', and 'F3'.
    And you can see the cases changing.
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    This has been a video on how to add French accents to letters in Microsoft Word 2010 when using an English keyboard.
    If you have any questions, then please leave them in the section below. You've been watching VisiHow. Goodbye!
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Questions and Answers

How do you do an acute accent?

The video shows an acute accent, but says it is a grave accent.. I have tried: I watched the video!. I think it was caused by: I have no idea. the video is just wrong

We apologize for that mistake. Step 1, indeed, has an acute accent.

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    To insert a letter with an acute accent, please open a Word document and press Ctrl and '.
    The single quotation mark (') is located right next to your "Enter" key on your keyboard. Then, type the letter which should have the acute accent. For example, É or é.
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    To insert a letter with a grave accent, please open a Word document and press Ctrl and `.
    The grave accent key (`) is located right above the "Tab" key on your keyboard. Then, type the letter which should have the grave accent. For example, à or è".
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How do I add French accent marks?

When I follow the instructions, nothing happens.

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Now that we got the accents - how do we toggle back & forth between French & English?

Every time we press the apostrophe key it becomes the e with the accent. I have tried: Pressing the apostrophe key. I think it was caused by: Switching to French

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