Typing Spanish Characters and Accent Marks

Method 1: Google Input Tools (Recommended)

Google Input Tools is an extension for Chrome browser and Chromebooks. You will need to be using Chrome and have the extension installed before use. See the Setting Up Google Input Tools page for instructions on installing the extension and adding keyboards.

After you've installed the Google Input Tools, click the icon in the toolbar to switch to a Spanish keyboard.

Using the Spanish keyboard (

Spanish Keyboard Icon

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The spanish keyboard is almost the same as an English keyboard except with a few additional shortcuts:

  • To type an accented character, type an apostrophe ('), followed by the letter. For example, to get á, type ' and then a.
  • To type ñ, tap the semicolon (;) key.
  • To type ¡, tap the equal sign (=) key
  • To type ¿, hold down shift and tap the equal sign (=) key

You can also click the corresponding key on the virtual keyboard that appears.

Using the US International keyboard (

US Internation Keyboard

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While holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys, tap the letter you'd like the Spanish character of, e.g.

  • Ctrl + Alt + a = á
  • Ctrl + Alt + 1 = ¡
  • Ctrl + Alt + / = ¿
  • Ctrl + Alt + n =ñ

Method 2: Numerical Shortcodes

On a Windows Keyboard

When typing characters on a Windows computer, always use the numeric (extended) keypad on the right of your keyboard and not the row of numbers at the top. (On a laptop without a keypad, turn on "num lock" and use the function key with the virtual number pad, e.g. Alt+Fn+0225)

Laptop Keyboard

On A Macintosh Keyboard

  1. Press and hold the option key, then press the “e” key
  2. Release both and press the vowel you want accented

Option-e +a = á

Option-e + e = é

Option-n + n = ñ

Option-u + u = ü

Option-e + i = í

Option-e + o = Ó

Option-e + u = ü

Option-1 = ¡

Shift-Option-? = ¿