How do I type foreign language accent characters on a chromebook?

How do I type foreign language accent characters on a chromebook?


Set up the input methods one time:

  1. Click on user icon -> Settings -> scroll down
  2. Show Advanced -> Languages -> Customize languages and input...
  3. Under "Input method" check the "US International Keyboard" checkbox (Leave "US Keyboard" checked as well)
  4. Click the "Add" button
  5. Select "French"
  6. Also check the “US Extended Keyboard”

When you’re done, your languages screens should look like these:


Exit the settings page.  There will now be a little "US" between the clock and the network connection indicator in the lower right corner.
Go to the page/Doc where you want to do international input.
Use left-alt + left-shift; the "US" in the corner will change to "INTL" or “EXTD” or “FR” -- pick “INTL”

At this point, you can use the right "Alt" key as a modifier: for example, Right-Alt + e = é (with aigu accent)
When you are done, left-alt + left-shift will set it back to "US" (and right alt will just be alt again)

To enable Caps Lock: leftalt-search (magnifying glass key)

While in INTL (with French enabled) mode:

backtick-e makes an è (grave)
rightalt-e makes an é (aigu)
backtick-a makes à
rightalt-a makes á
rightalt-5 makes € (Euro)
rightalt-c makes ç (cedille)
rightshift-6 then a makes â (circonflexe)

leftalt-shift to change keyboard to “EXTD” and then:
rightalt-q makes a ä
rightalt-r makes a ë
rightalt-j makes a ï
rightalt-p makes a ö
rightalt-y makes a ü

Spanish (either mode):
rightalt-n makes ñ
shift-rightalt-1 makes a ¡
rightalt-? makes a ¿

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Large reference:
English (USA Extended) Alt-Key mappings
Top Row:
1 ¹
2 ²
3 ³
4 ¤
5 €
6 ⁶ (or dead key for hacek)
7 dead key for various high hook characters: ư ơ
8 dead key for various high hook characters: ų ǫ
9 ‘ayn ???
0 unknown
- ¥
¹²³¤€’¥×‘
= ×
Shift-Alt:
~ dead key for tilda: ñ Ǹ
! ¡ 
@ dead key? unknown pairings
# dead key for ē ā bar over: kitāb
$ £
% dead key for cedilla: ç ş Ş
^ ¼ 
& ½
* ¾
( dead key for breve: ŏ ŭ
) unknown
_ dead key for dot under: ọ ḥ; e.g., Muḥammad 
+ ÷
Second Row:
q ä 
w å
e é
r ë
t þ (Icelandic thorn)
y ü
i í
o ó
p ö
[ «
] »
\ ¬
Shift-Alt:
Q Ä
W É
R Ë
T Þ (Icelandic Thorn)
Y Ü
U Ú
I Í
O Ó
P Ö
{ “ 
} ”
| ¦
Third Row:
a á
s ß (schloss s)
d ð (eth)
f f
g g
h h
j ï
k œ
l ø
; ¶
' dead key for acute accent (case insensitive: áÁ éÉ íÍ óÓ úÚ
Shift-Alt:
A Á
S ß
D Ð (capital Eth)
F F
G G
H H
J Ï
K Œ
L Ø
: ° (degree sign)
" dead key for umlaut (case insensitive): äÄ ëË ïÏ öÖ üÜ
Fourth Row:
z æ
x œ
c ©
v ®
b b
n ñ
m µ
, ç
. dead key for dot over: ȧ ė ṅṄ 
/ ¿
Shift-Alt:
Z Æ
X Œ
C © 
V ®
B B
N Ñ
M unknown
< Ç
> dead key for hacek (case insensitive): ǒ Ǒ
? dead key for unknown diacritic: ả ỏ


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