6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2010 6:33 AM by Angel Llorente
Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)
Hi, I use a Mac G4; run MacOS 9.2.2. I can't make heads or tails of the instructions to change my keyboard to print accent marks in Spanish. I need help.

Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) Dual, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,624 points)
    What instructions are you trying to follow? Is this for a permanent conversion or a one-off use?

    Under the Apple menu, the KeyCaps Desk Accessory will show you how to generate every International and accented character. Hold down modifier keys Option, Shift, Command, and all combinations to see what the keys will generate. Or press the keys you want and cut and paste from its window to your document.
  • Don Archibald Level 10 (101,340 points)
    Hi, Angel -

    The specific instructions for the standard Spanish diacritical marks, using a standard keyboard set to North American English layout, require a multi-stroke input (more than one keystroke per character) -

    Accent mark for vowels -

    • Press the key combo Option-e - that's the Option key and the e key pressed at the same time. Nothing will be seen, i.e. no character will be shown.

    • Then press (type) the vowel you want accented. At this time the character will appear, with the accent mark over it. Examples -
    á, é, í, ó, ú

    If you want the vowel capitalized, do that as part of the second stroke. Example - Option-e and then Shift-O produces Ó.


    To get the enya (an n with a tilde over it, do the following -

    • Press Option-n

    • Press n again, or Shift-n if you want it as a capital.

    Examples - ñ, Ñ


    You can also select the Spanish keyboard layout, which will make this a bit faster (not much, because accents are still multi-stroke characters). To do that, make sure that that layout is available - open the Keyboard control panel, make sure that Spanish is checkmarked. Then click the small flag icon in the menubar (torward the right, near the menubar clock) and select Spanish from that.

    Then open Key Caps (it should be in your Apple menu), and familiarize yourself with what has been relocated to where. In particular, note the two accent mark keys; these will have a heavy border around them. The heavy border indicates the key is the first stroke for a multi-stroke character. Once you press one of those, other keys will have a heavy border around them - these indicate the possible second stroke for that sequence.

    With the Spanish keyboard layout, enya (n with tilde) is a separate letter, and so is not a multi-stroke character.
  • Tony Da Silva Level 1 (80 points)
    ñ = option + n : for tilde.

    1. press option + n, this sets tilde: ˜
    2. then press the letter needed @ the accent. n in this case.

    - Or to quote Apple's help menu...

    "To accent a character, press the Option key and click the key with the accent you need. Release the Option key and click the character you want to accent."

  • Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)
    Thanks to all of the contributors to my problem. All of you guys are the best. I'm very grateful for you assistance. I've got it all figured out, except for how to key-in the "upside-down" "Question-mark" and the upside-down "Exclamation-mark."
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,624 points)
    Try option numeral-1 on the main keyboard for ¡
    Try option shift slash-questionmark key for ¿
  • Angel Llorente Level 1 (35 points)
    ¡¡Thanks a lot Grant Bennet-A!!