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Spanish Language Proficiency Resources for Social Services

Resources to assist with Spanish language proficiency for social services staff (social workers, vocational rehabilitation, self sufficiency, etc.)

Typing Spanish Accents

These are the default shortcuts for typing Spanish accents in the following Microsoft programs:

  • Microsoft Word: Word for Office 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007 Outlook 2007
  • Microsoft Outlook: Outlook for Office 365, Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, Outlook 2007

NOTE: Most programs will let you copy and paste characters. Please feel free to copy and paste the letters from this page into your documents!

Lower Case Letters

á   (lower case a, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then the letter a
é   (lower case e, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then the letter e
í   (lower case i, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then the letter i
ó   (lower case o, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then the letter o
ú   (lower case u, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then the letter u
ñ   (lower case n, tilde accent)  =  Press Ctrl + Shift + ~ (tilde), then the letter n
ü   (lower case u, diaeresis accent)  =  Press Ctrl + Shift + : (colon), then the letter u

Upper Case Letters

Á   (upper case A, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then Shift + a
É   (upper case E, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then Shift + e
Í   (upper case I, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then Shift + i
Ó   (upper case O, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then Shift + o
Ú   (upper case U, acute accent)  =  Press Ctrl + ' (apostrophe), then Shift + u
Ñ   (upper case N, tilde accent)  =  Press Ctrl + Shift + ~ (tilde), then Shift + n
Ü   (upper case U, diaeresis accent)  =  Press Ctrl + Shift + : (colon), then Shift + u

Punctuation Marks

¿   (inverted question mark)  =  Press Alt + Ctrl + Shift + ? (question mark)
¡   (inverted exclamation mark)  =  Press Alt + Ctrl + Shift + ! (exclamation mark)
«   (opening angle quotation mark)  =  Press Ctrl + ` (grave accent), then Shift + < (less than symbol)
»   (closing angle quotation mark)  =  Press Ctrl + ` (grave accent), then Shift + > (greater than symbol)

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