• Shift

  • a1

  • a2

  • c1

  • e1

  • e2

  • e3

  • e4

  • i1

  • i2

  • o1

  • u1

  • u2

  • u3

  • y1

  • oe'

  • ae'

  • e"

How to type in French using our keyboard?

This keyboard has special keys that allow you to type French accents and have your text displayed correctly written in French. You can use it with any web browser and without the need for additional software or applications.

Do accents matter in French?

The answer is yes and no. The French language is known for its many rules but there are also many exceptions to those rules. In general, French accents are used to indicate pronunciation as well as to differentiate between words that are otherwise spelled identically.

What accents exist in French?

There are several accents that can be used in French, including the following:

- The cedilla (ç) is used on the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced /s/ instead of /k/. This appears in the word façade.

- The acute accent (é) is used on the letter e to indicate that it is pronounced /ay/, as in the word école.

- The grave accent (è) is used on the letter e to indicate that it is pronounced /eh/, as in the word père.

- The circumflex (ê) is used on the letters a, e, i, o, and u to show that they are pronounced differently than if the accent were not present. The French word sûr is pronounced differently than the word sur.

- The diaeresis (ë, ï, ü) is used on the letters e, i, and u to show that they are pronounced as two separate vowels, as in the word Noël. The diaeresis looks the same as a German umlaut, but has a different purpose in French.

Just click on the accented letters and go!

To use our online French keyboard, you can either type and click on the French accent that you want to insert into the text. Alternatively, you can type your content and when you want an accent, type the code below so a1 for à, a2 for â etc.

The default with this French keyboard is lowercase. If you prefer uppercase accented characters, click on the SHIFT key. Select the text size that is most comfortable for you by selecting the icon with "Àà". When you have finished creating your text in French, press the "copy" option at the bottom right and then paste it into your document.

This keyboard works in all modern browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or any others). We have lots of other learn French resources on our website, so feel free to explore!


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