How to Type With Accent Marks in Photoshop Elements

by Jennifer HearingUpdated September 28, 2017
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Photoshop Elements is photo editing software from Adobe Systems. It is primarily used for photo editing and manipulation, and its features include Photomerge Exposure to correct lighting, the ability to resize photos without distortion, and storage and organization applications. When adding text to photos in Photoshop Elements, you may find yourself using words (for example, résumé) which require accent marks. To add accents, you use a series of correct keyboard combinations. The process differs depending on whether you use a PC (Windows) or a Mac.

PC/Windows Users

Press the “Num Lock” key on the keyboard.

Select the “Alt” key and hold it down while you type the corresponding four-digit code for your desired accented letter. Use the numeric key pad to type in the numbers.

Type alt + 0224 for à, alt + 0232 for è, alt + 0235 for ì and alt + 0242 for ò. (These are grave accents.) Type alt + 0225 for á, alt + 0233 for é, alt + 0236 for í and alt + 0243 for ó. (These are acute accents.)

Release the alt key once you have typed the digits, and the letter and accent will appear.

Mac Users

Select the “Option” key and hold it down while you type the letter “e” to “load” the acute accent symbol.

Release the "Option" and "e" keys. Type the letter you wish to accent: á, é, í, or ó.

Type option plus `, then your letter for grave accents (è); option plus e, then your letter for acute accents (é); option plus i, then your letter for a circumflex (ê); option plus u, then your letter for a diaeresis/umlaut (ë); and option plus n, then your letter for a tilde (ñ).


For PC: check “PennState’s Computing with Accents, Symbols & Foreign Scripts for Windows" for more codes to make currency and math symbols. For Mac: check “PennState’s Computing with Accents, Symbols & Foreign Scripts for Mac" for more codes to type currency and math symbols.


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Jennifer Hearing started writing online in 2009 with a blog on genealogy. She has worked in the textbook publishing industry for several years and runs her own business. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in publishing and a Master of Science in counseling.

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