So starting in Lion, you have been able to enter accents by simply holding down certain keys and selecting your accent. However, in Chrome when I hold down on a key it enters a second one: For instance, if I were trying to type état, it would come out as eétat; an extra e would be entered for no reason. Is there any way to fix this?

  • More details on what steps you're using to type accented characters into Chrome might help formulating a more detailed answer. Also, this could be an issue that depends on your language settings, keyboard country, etc. Dec 12, 2013 at 0:11
  • I can't duplicate your problem. Where in Chrome does this happen? Does it happen in all web pages? Dec 21, 2013 at 17:04
  • Yes it does. Try, say, google translate
    – Someone
    Dec 23, 2013 at 17:49

2 Answers 2


I am able to successfully type "état" into Chrome on Mavericks by typing the sequence option-e, e.

In other words, hold down the option key and press the letter 'e'. Then press the letter 'e' again. The accented letter only appears once.

  • However, this solution is specific to this accent. For others, I would have to memorize other keyboard combinations.
    – Someone
    Dec 12, 2013 at 0:10

Hold down a key, then press digit for selected character or click on selected character by mouse.

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