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This seems like a right faff! There is a much easier way to do it that works in both Smart Notebook and in Word as well, though there is one slight difference...

For an acute accent (on any letter) hold ctrl, press the apostrophe key and then - after releasing them - press the letter you want the accent on. This is the combination in Word, and in Smart Notebook it is ctrl + # then then letter.

This is the basic system:

In Word, to get a grave accent you press ctrl + ` (top left of my keyboard) then then letter in Word, and in Notebook it is ctrl + apostrophe then the letter.

To get an enyay in Spanish (can't do it in wysiwig in Word it is ctrl+shift+# then the n, and in Notebook it is ctrl+shift+apostrophe then n.

To get a circumflex is the same system - ctrl + shift + 6 then e in both Word and Notebook.

The basics of the system are the same, I would imagine, on any keyboard and in most programmes. You may have to just play around a bit if your keyboard is different to mine, but it is a quick and neat method. Far easier in Word too!

Thanks for your comment Nick. Very useful. I knew about the keyboard shortcuts in Word, but not in Smart Notebook. I agree this is much quicker. I use the Word ones all the time.

There are some other easier options. You can download a free toolbar from Lexicool called Lexibar. You simply drag the accented letter onto the page. My MacBook runs Windows Vista and has a tablet pc input keyboard permanently at the side of the screen which you click to pull out. If you have loaded the relevant language as described above, it has none of the glitches described in the video for the smartboard keyboard. All the accented keys are simply displayed. Smartboard keyboard only operates when connected to the board itself.

Hi Mark,

Cheers for the tip about Lexibar. Here is the link:

anyone knows the code for the cedilla please? both in Word and Smartboard :-)

Some useful information here - thanks, you just saved me hours of work!

I have 'ticked' this at


I agree that the methods suggested are easier when typing accents in a notebook file. However, if you are trying to type in accents directly onto the SMARTboard, you can only touch the smartboard one touch at a time, hence the holding down two keys at the same type method will not work. That is why you need to pull up the SMARTboard keyboard and do it the way I described, using one stroke at a time.

I'm trying to put accents into (for example) category sort and anagrams - this method doesn't seem to work. Any suggestions, or is it just not possible? I was trying to do a sort on tenses, stressing how important the final -é is in the passé composé, only to find I couldn't practise what I preach!

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