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Writing in Foreign Languages: Italian

A guide to using foreign characters, software for writing in foreign languages, and using foreign language keyboards.

Welcome

This guide is always evolving. Suggestions for software or resources to link to are welcome.

Table of Contents

Accent & Diacritical Marks

Software for Macs

Software for PCs

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Accent & Diacritical Marks

The following accent shortcuts work with most applications and broswers, including Microsoft Word and Gmail.

Typing Italian accent marks on a Mac:

Accute Accent é option + e, then e
Grave Accent à, è, ì, ò, ù option + `, then the letter
Quotation Marks «
»
option + \
option + shift + \

 

Typing Italian accent marks on a PC:

Accute Accent é alt + 130 É alt + 144
Grave Accent à
è
ì
ò
ù
alt + 133
alt + 138
alt + 0236
alt + 0242
alt + 151
À
È
Ì
Ò
Ù
alt + 0192
alt + 0200
alt + 0204
alt + 0210
alt + 0217
Quotation Marks

«
»

alt + 0171
alt + 0187
 

 

Software for Macs

The Microsoft Office suite supports Italian spell check. You can set it as your default language in Office for Mac using these instructions.

Gmail also supports Italian spell check. To use this, click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Italiano. You may still have correctly spelled words appear misspelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Preferences window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Software for PCs

The Microsoft Office suite supports Italian spell check. You can set it as your default language using these instructions.

Gmail also supports Italian spell check. To use this, click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Italiano. You may still have correctly spelled words appear misspelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Options window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Here are the LTS instructions for setting up a foreign language keyboard:

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