ALT Codes for Letter U with Accents

Listed below are the keyboard shortcuts or Windows ALT codes for letter U with accents. The accents on the letter U are also called accent marks, diacritics, or diacritical marks. There is a specific ALT code for each accented capital (uppercase / majuscule) letter U and each accented small (lowercase / minuscule) letter U, as indicated in the table below. Also indicated are the corresponding HTML entity numeric character reference and HTML entity named character reference (if available). 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. If you’re in a hurry, in the list below just tap or click any letter U with accent to copy and paste into your document.

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In the standard Latin alphabet, the letter “U” itself does not have any diacritical marks or accents associated with it. The letter “U” is used as is in most languages that use the Latin script, representing the sound /u/ as in “blue,” “true,” or “flu.”

However, there are a few languages and transliteration systems that use modified versions of the letter “U” with diacritical marks to represent specific phonetic sounds or to differentiate it from the standard /u/ sound.

  1. German: In the German language, the letter “U” with an umlaut (ü) is used to represent a fronted close rounded vowel sound /y/. It is pronounced like the “ee” in “see” but with rounded lips.
  2. French: In French, the letter “U” with a circumflex accent (û) is used to represent a close back rounded vowel sound /u/. It is pronounced similar to the “oo” in “moon.”
  3. Pinyin (Romanization of Chinese): In the Pinyin system used to Romanize Chinese characters, the letter “U” with an umlaut (ü) is used to represent a high front rounded vowel sound /y/. It is similar to the German umlauted “U” sound.
  4. Vietnamese: In the Vietnamese alphabet, the letter “U” with a horn (ư) is used to represent a mid central unrounded vowel sound /ɨ/. It is pronounced as an unrounded version of the “i” in “bird.”

It’s worth noting that the usage of diacritical marks with the letter “U” is relatively limited, and most languages that use the Latin script do not employ any diacritical marks with this letter. The standard letter “U” (without diacritics) is widely used in languages such as English, Spanish, Italian, and many others.

Overall, the use of the letter “U” with accents or diacritics is more specific to certain languages and transliteration systems where phonetic distinctions are necessary to accurately represent the sounds of those languages.

For the the complete list of the first 256 ASCII-based Windows ALT Codes, visit Windows ALT Codes for Special Characters & Symbols. For the ALT codes of other letters with accents or diacritical marks, grouped by letter or the language they are used in, visit ALT Codes for Latin Letters with Accents or Diacritical Marks used in Foreign Languages.