Below is the complete list of keyboard shortcuts using Windows ALT codes for letters with accents or diacritics that are used in the Spanish alphabet. If you are new to ALT codes and need detailed instructions on how to use them, please read How to Use ALT Codes to Enter Special Characters.
In the Spanish language, there are five letters that can have accents or diacritical marks, which are used to indicate stress or change the pronunciation of the letters. These accented letters are known as “vocales con acento” (accented vowels) and are as follows:
- Á (a acute): Pronounced as /a/. Example: “más” (more).
- É (e acute): Pronounced as /e/. Example: “papel” (paper).
- Í (i acute): Pronounced as /i/. Example: “sí” (yes).
- Ó (o acute): Pronounced as /o/. Example: “tóxico” (toxic).
- Ú (u acute): Pronounced as /u/. Example: “tú” (you).
It’s important to note that these accent marks serve two main purposes in Spanish:
- Stress: In words with more than one syllable, the accent mark indicates which syllable receives the primary stress.
- Differentiation: In certain cases, the accent mark is used to differentiate words that would otherwise be spelled the same but have different meanings or grammatical functions. For example, “el” (the) and “él” (he).
Other diacritical marks, such as the diaeresis (ü) and the tilde (ñ), are also used in Spanish, but they do not appear directly on vowels as accents. The diaeresis is used to indicate that the u in “güe” and “güi” is pronounced (e.g., “pingüino” – penguin). The tilde is used on the letter “ñ” to create the unique sound of /ɲ/ (e.g., “niño” – child).
Accents are a crucial aspect of Spanish spelling and pronunciation, and their correct usage ensures clarity and accuracy in written communication.
For ALT codes for letters with accents or diacritical marks that are used in other foreign languages, visit ALT Codes for Latin Letters with Accents or Diacritical Marks used in Foreign Languages. For the the complete list of the first 256 Windows ALT Codes, visit Windows ALT Codes for Special Characters & Symbols.