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How often are you typing along merrily, and a special character stops you in your tracks! What now!!!

Panic… Google search to find a word with the special character, then copy and paste, remove the formatting and 3 minutes later you are on your way again.

Let us start with tackling a few popular special characters and each week we can add a few more to the mix, hopefully assisting us all handling them more efficiently.

Circumflex character: â, ê, î, ô, or û  – (Afrikaans kappie)

for example: sê mê hê rûe brûe bêre môre skêr êrens nêrens wêreld kêrel pêrel blêr

Windows MS Word

Press and hold SHIFT + 6 
Press A, E, I, O or U (the letter you want to add a deelteken to)

Mac MS Word

Press and hold Option/Alt + I
Press A, E, I, O, or U (the letter you want to add a kappie to)

Umlaut accent: ä, ë, ï, ö, or ü – (Afrikaans deelteken)

for example: breë leë vlieë knieë droë oë hoë

Windows MS Word

Press and hold CTRL SHIFT + :
Press A, E, I O, or U (the letter you want to add a deelteken to)

Mac MS Word

Press and hold Option/Alt + U
Press A, E, I, O, or U (the letter you want to add a deelteken to)

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