French Symbols - Alt Codes

french language alt codes

List of Alt Codes for special letters in the French alphabet. Learn how to type French special letters by using their Alt Codes.

Writing in French on a laptop or computer keyboard can be tricky as special letters and accents are available readlily at your finger tips. If you don't have an international keyboard then the next best thing to type accents on a PC or Mac is to use ALT codes. They work with the numeric keypad, NOT the row of numbers across the top of your keyboard.

French Accents

French uses five different types of diacritic. In no particular order, they are:

  • ç – the cedilla (la cédille)
  • é – the acute accent (l'accent aigu)
  • â/ê/î/ô/û – the circumflex (l'accent circonflexe)
  • à/è/ì/ò/ù – the grave accent (l'accent grave)
  • ë/ï/ü – the trema (l'accent tréma)

LetterLetter TypeAlt Code
ÀUppercase Accent Grave (A)0192
ÂUppercase Accent Circonflex (A)0194
ÄUppercase Accent Tréma (A)0196
ÆUppercase Ligature(AE)0198
ÇUppercase Cedilla (C)0199
ÈUppercase Accent Grave (E)0200
ÉUppercase Accent Aigu (E)0201
ÊUppercase Accent Circonflex (E)0202
ËUppercase Accent Tréma (E)0203
ÎUppercase Accent Circonflex (I)0206
ÏUppercase Accent Tréma (I)0207
ÔUppercase Accent Circonflex (O)0212
ŒUppercase Ligature(OE)0140
ÙUppercase Accent Grave (U)0217
ÛUppercase Accent Circonflex (U)0219
ÜUppercase Accent Tréma (U)0220
àLowercase Accent Grave (a)0224
âLowercase Accent Circonflex (a)0226
äLowercase Accent Tréma (a)0228
æLowercase Ligature(ae)0230
çLowercase Cedilla (c)0231
LetterLetter TypeAlt Code
èLowercase Accent Grave (e)0232
éLowercase Accent Aigu (e)0233
êLowercase Accent Circonflex (e)0234
ëLowercase Accent Tréma (e)0235
îLowercase Accent Circonflex (i)0238
ïLowercase Accent Tréma (i)0239
ôLowercase Accent Circonflex (o)0244
œLowercase Ligature(oe)0156
ùLowercase Accent Grave (a)0249
ûLowercase Accent Circonflex (u)0251
üLowercase Accent Tréma (u)0252

How to type special French letters by using their Alt Codes?

  • Make sure you switch on the NumLock,
  • press and hold down the Alt key,
  • type the Alt Code value of the special French letter, for example, for lowercase accent grave e, type 0232 on the numeric pad,
  • release the Alt key and you got è.

*You must type, preceding 0.

** Above mentioned procedure is not aplicable for MacOS.

For more information on how to use charecters, symbols, and emojis please check our How to use Alt-Codes? page.