• Anthony Amitrano

Special Characters on a Chromebook

Instructions outlined below are direct from the Google support page found here. I have added my own additional commentary in addition to these instructions.


Often students and teachers look for a quick and easy solution to typing in accents(`), tilde(~), and other characters not traditionally found in the English alphabet, but common in many other world languages. Here are the instructions that Google provides, along with some additional information.

Choose keyboard language & special characters

You can use different keyboard languages, sometimes called input methods, on your Chromebook to:

  1. Change your typing language

  2. Use special characters, like accent marks or currency symbols

Set your keyboard languages

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.

  2. Select Settings 

  1. On the left panel, select Advanced

and then
  1. Under “Languages and inputs,” select Inputs.

  2. Under “Input methods,” select Add input methods.

  3. Select the keyboard languages you want to use 

and then
  1. “Enabled” is listed under the current keyboard.

  2. To set a different keyboard language, use your cursor to point to and select another keyboard.

You only have to do the above setup steps ONCE. Follow the instructions below to switch between keyboard layouts, if needed.

Switch between keyboard languages

If you add more than one keyboard language, you can switch between languages from the shelf, next to the time.

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.

  2. Select Settings

  1. On the left panel, select Advanced

and then
  1. Under “Languages and inputs,” select Inputs.

  2. Turn on “Show input options in the shelf.” Your current keyboard language code appears on the shelf, next to the time.

  3. Select your keyboard language code.

  4. In the “Input methods” box, select the language you want to switch to.

Tip: You can also switch your language by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Space until the language you want is selected. To switch back, press Ctrl + Space.

Add accent marks

The U.S. International keyboard has the following accent marks:

Acute (´) then letterGrave (`)` then letterTilde (~)Shift + ` then letterCircumflex (^)Shift + 6 then letterUmlaut/diaeresis (¨)Shift + ‘ then letterCedilla (¸)Shift + AltGr + 5 then letter Tip: On the US International (PC) keyboard, you can use then letter.

Use the following combinations to type specific international characters on the US International keyboard.

Important: The AltGr key is the Alt key on the right of the keyboard.

Acute (é)AltGr + eAcute (á)AltGr + aAcute (ú)AltGr + uAcute (í)AltGr + iAcute (ó)AltGr + oTilde (ñ)AltGr + nUmlaut/diaeresis (ü)AltGr + yUmlaut/diaeresis (ö)AltGr + pUmlaut/diaeresis (ä)AltGr + qCedilla (ç)AltGr + ,


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