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“A acute” Alt Code and Shortcut for Windows and Mac

Below are the alt codes for both lowercase and uppercase “a” with the acute accent.

DescriptionSymbolAlt Code
A acute – UppercaseÁAlt 0193
a acute – LowercaseáAlt 0225
Lowercase and Uppercase a acute alt codes

To get the a acute symbol using the alt code:

  1. Place your insertion pointer where you need to insert the a acute symbol.
  2. Press down the Alt key.
  3. Type the a acute Alt code (0225 for lowercase and 0193 for uppercase) using the numeric keypad, whilst still holding on to the Alt key.
  4. Then release the Alt key to make the a acute sign.

Related Post: How to type Accents on Windows and Mac

More About Alt Codes

Alt codes are used to type symbols and characters that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard in personal computers running the Microsoft Operating systems. You can do this by pressing and holding the Alt key while typing the alt code (a number that identifies the character), using the keyboard numeric keypad.

For Example, to make the a acute sign using the lowercase a acute Alt code of 0225: first, ensure that your NumLock is turned on, then press and hold the alt key while you type the alt code number that identifies the a acute sign, which is 0225, on the numeric keypad. Then release the Alt key.

Other operating systems like the Mac OS have a similar or extended form of this Alt code feature which I’ll explain soon.

Rules for using the A acute Alt Code

  • You must press and hold the Alt key before typing the Alt code that identifies the á or Á sign.
  • You must use the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard to type the á or Á alt code.
  • Since you are using the numeric keypad, the NumLock must be turned on. Turning off the NumLock means the numeric keypad is disabled, and hence no numbers can be typed using the num pad.
  • If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, you should first turn on the hidden numeric keypad. On most laptops, you can turn this on by pressing Fn+NmLk keys simultaneously. Not all laptops have the hidden numeric keypad. If it seems like you, then you cannot use the alt code method to type either lowercase or uppercase a acute sign with your laptop unless you connect an external keyboard that has a numeric keypad.
  • You should also understand that not all symbols can be typed with the alt code depending on the document you are working on. Some of the alt codes work only in Microsoft Word. However, the a cute alt codes work anywhere on Windows including in your browser.

Using A acute Alt code in an Excel function

NOTE: If you are on windows, you can use the alt code method discussed above to type the a acute signs anywhere including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The CHAR function discussed in this section is just another way of getting the symbol in Excel using the alt code.

The CHAR function is an Excel function that works with Alt codes. This function is a built-in function that returns the character or symbol based on the alt code or ASCII value.

Obey the following instructions to use the char function to make the a acute in Excel.

  1. Step #1: Click in the cell that will contain the a acute symbol.
  2. Step #2: Type =CHAR(0225) for lowercase á or =CHAR(0193) for uppercase Á. The number 0225 is the lowercase alt code for “a acute” and 0193 is the uppercase alt code. Don’t forget to bring an equal sign before the formula.
  3. Press Enter.
using "a acute" alt code in Excel

A acute alt code for mac

The a acute alt code shortcut for mac is [OPTION]+[e] then a.

Obey the following steps to type any letter with the acute accent mark on top of it:

  • First of all, press [Option]+[e] on your keyboard.
  • Then press the letter to be accented.

For example, to type á (a acute), press and release OPTION+E simultaneously, then type a. The letter á should be inserted for you. The same technique can be used to type other acute letters such as é, í, í, ó, ú, and ý.

"a acute" alt code for Mac

This is explained below.

The alt code method of typing symbols is very popular on the Windows operating system.

However, the way you use alt codes on Windows is very different from that of Mac. Most people even think that it’s impossible to use alt code shortcuts in Mac.

As you may already know, the standard apple keyboard also has two alt keys. They are named as Options or with a small “alt” label. Though, some of the newest Apple keyboards such as the Magic Keyboard no longer include the “alt” label. The Option key also being the Alt key on the apple keyboard means that it can be used as an Alt key with non-Mac software.

Does it mean that you can press down the Option key whilst you press the a acute alt code on your Mac keyboard?

The answer is no.

Apple has its way of doing things. So instead of using the alt key with difficult-to-remember number codes like Microsoft Word, they combined the alt key with some other keys that will make shortcuts easy to remember.

So if you want the a acute Alt code for Mac, then it is the shortcut you may already know, which is [OPTION]+[e] then a.

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