Easy Accents for Google Docs

Easy Accents is an add-on for Google Docs that lets you quickly add accented foreign language characters to your documents. This add-on works on Chromebooks, Windows and MAC computers. If you plan to use this in your classroom, each student needs to individually install the Easy Accent add-on to their Google account.

Install the Easy Accents Add-on

  1. Open Google Docs (either a new or existing file)
  2. Select Add-ons from the menu
  3. Select Get add-ons
  4. Enter Easy Accents in the search box and press enter
  5. From the search results list, click the blue FREE button to install the Add-on.
  6. Press Allow to confirm you want to add Easy Accents to your Google account.

To use Easy Accents

  1. Open Google Docs (either a new or existing file)
  2. Select Add-ons>Easy Accents>Easy Accents-Start from the menu (a sidebar will open)
    EasyAccents1
  3. Select a language from the drop down list.
    EasyAccents2
  4. Click on the character in the sidebar that you want to add your document.
    EasyAccents3

Foreign Accents with Chromebooks

They following keyboard shortcuts work when you are using US International Keyboard. See this article to change keyboards.

Spanish

á, é, í, ó, ú quote a apostrophe plus a, e, i, o, u
(apostrophe key is just left of the enter key ‘)
ñ alt n right-alt plus n
(you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard)
ü shiftquote u quotation key ” plus u
shift apostrophe key plus the letter u – hold down all three keys simultaneously for capital letters
¿ altquest right-alt plus ?
(you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard)
¡ alt  1 right-alt plus 1
(you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard)

French

è, ù, à tildea tilde key plus e, u, a
tilde is left of the 1 key and looks like ~
é quotee apostrophe plus e
apostrophe key is just left of the enter key and looks like ‘
â ê, î, ô, û shift 6 a carrot key plus  a, e, i, o, u
carrot key is Shift-6 and looks like ^
ä, ë, ï, ö, ü shiftquotea quotation mark key plus the letter a, e, i, o, u
shift apostrophe key plus the letter u, o – hold down all three keys simultaneously for capital letters
ç quotec apostrophe plus c
apostrophe key is just left of the enter key ‘
æ altz right-alt plus z
you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard
œ altk right-alt plus k
you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard
alt5 right-alt plus 5
you must use the alt key on the right side of the keyboard

For information on accent characters on Windows or MACs view this great resource.

International Keyboards Chromebooks

Add International Keyboards

  1. Click on system tray (clock)
  2. Choose Settings
    Set
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of pop-up window, select Show Advanced
  4. Press “Language and Input settings…” button
    languages
  5. The next window that opens allow you to add additional keyboards to the Chromebook
    1. Add the US International keyboard by selecting the check box next to its name (keep US keyboard checked as well)
    2. Press add button to display a lost of additional keyboards
      1. Choose your keyboard from the list and press OK
    3. Press done button
      Add

Switching Keyboards

  • Click the system tray (clock) and then choose keyboard to open the options window. Choose a keyboard from the list.
    Int_Keybds1  Int_Keybds2
  • Keyboard Shortcut: Alt-Shift scrolls through installed keyboards (watch for abbreviation (e.g US) in lower left corner of screen (must use the left alt button)
    switch_keybds

 

For information on adding international keyboards to Windows or MAC computers, view this great resource.