Mac tip: press and hold for accented / accented letters

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Under macOS you will find functions that give you accents, special character, Currency symbols, emojis and more can be selected and inserted into a text. As with mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, etc.), this partly works by pressing and holding a button. For example, if you want to write an é or è, just hold down the E key. How to activate, deactivate and use the press and hold function ("Press and Hold for Accents"), I have clearly shown you in this manual.

Press and hold for accents: With word processing under macOS, you can easily insert special characters without keyboard shortcuts. A single shortcut also leads to the symbol selection menu, in which you can insert emojis, currency symbols and more.

Press and hold for accents: With word processing under macOS, you can easily insert special characters without keyboard shortcuts. A single shortcut also leads to the symbol selection menu, in which you can insert emojis, currency symbols and more.

Enter accents, symbols and emoji on the Mac

Current versions of the Apple operating system macOS have the function of inserting special characters such as emojis, accented letters, smileys, dingbats and symbols into the text - simply by holding down the corresponding key on the keyboard. The easiest way to do this is to enter accented letters: Entering letters with an accent or another version of a keyboard character simply hold the key down until the alternative characters appear in a selection (see picture above). To select the appropriate character, simply type in the number shown below. To cancel the selection and still not insert any special characters, simply press the Esc key.

Insert symbols, emojis and more on macOS

Another function concerns extensive special characters in the text to be written. Because in addition to ñ, à and Ä, there are also symbols such as €, @ and ~ as well as symbols, smiley images, brackets, currency symbols and so on. These can also be sent via shortcuts can be inserted, but in the current macOS versions this is even more user-friendly:

  • Click on the position in the message or text where you want to insert something
  • Use the key combination Control + Command + Spacebarto call up the "Character overview"
  • Write in the search field or click on the symbol at the top right to get an extended selection
  • Have you found the symbol / picture that should be inserted, just click on it
  • Frequently used characters are saved in the "Frequently used" list;)

Deactivating the accented option: repeat characters

The ability to bring up accented letters by pressing and holding a key on the Apple keyboard, described above, is not always practical. If for some reason you insert several identical letters, spaces, hyphens, etc., one after the other, but you don't want to press the key more than once, for example. If you want to activate the function, which leads to several characters when holding down a key, then proceed as follows:

  • Calls the System Settings on
  • Go to the menu there Keyboard
  • Adjusts the slider Key repetition from off to on

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(Re) activating Press and hold under OS X

Admittedly, the function is not the very latest and under macOS the accented letter menus were not invented, but only expanded to include the selection of smileys and special characters for texts. The accent pop-ups appeared for the first time in the word processor on the Mac under Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. In order to activate / reactivate the accent function in an OS X from this version onwards, it is best to use the terminal. There you enter this code and confirm:
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool true

To turn off Accent Press and Hold, type this:
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

Switching on and off via TinkerTool

If you don't want to work with the terminal, you can get the free "TinkerToolWith this little helper you can set many Mac OS options for which there are no system extensions. In TinkerTool, the option for the accents is called "Hold the key to select diacritical marks". You can find it after starting the program under the button "General" (see screenshot).

Using TinkerTool, the option for accents or "diacritical marks" can be easily switched on and off with a click of the mouse without a terminal.

Using TinkerTool, the option for accents or "diacritical marks" can be easily switched on and off with a click of the mouse without a terminal.

Update 20.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX: You can't press for accents? Here is the workaround!

A reader recently wrote to me that she couldn't get any accents on her Mac when pressing and holding it down. These instructions here did not help either. But since she often has to write a specific name that requires an accent, we have come up with a workaround that also helps in this case:

There is a "Text" tab in the "Keyboard" system settings. There you can enter abbreviations, which the system should then convert into something else when writing. In our case we want to have the name "François", but not always spend a lot of time trying to get the accent under the C.

The solution is that we just think of a "unique" spelling for this name so that "Francois" is not always replaced. I simply doubled the "c" and entered "Franccois" as the abbreviation. This should then be replaced by the correct spelling "François".

The problem of repeated names with accents can be easily solved with the mac OS function of the text abbreviations.

The problem of repeated names with accents can be easily solved with the mac OS function of the text abbreviations.

 

I hope this article offers a solution for all problem cases. If you still get stuck, please write to me or leave a comment. Maybe we can do it together. : D

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