How can I set my macbook pro to type the French accents by showing them on top of each vowel instead of pressing option keys?

On a English keyboard.

  • I assume you have a French keyboard ? – Ruskes May 20 '15 at 19:32
  • no, i want to use the english standard one – Tzoutzi May 20 '15 at 19:33
  • I use to have that before the update to Yosemite – Tzoutzi May 20 '15 at 19:34
  • Try adding a French or Spanish keyboard to the list in system prefs/keyboard/input sources and restarting. – Tom Gewecke May 20 '15 at 21:09

From Apple KB - OS X Yosemite: Enter characters with accent marks

  1. Press and hold a key on the keyboard (for example, e) to display an accent menu.

    If the key you press and hold doesn’t have any possible accent marks, the menu isn’t shown.

  2. Select a character (for example, é).

    Click a character, press the number key shown for a character, or use the arrow keys to cycle through the characters. Then press the Space bar to select one.

You can also enter characters with accent marks using the Keyboard Viewer or Character Viewer.

Use the Keyboard Viewer
Use the Character Viewer
Use input sources to type in other languages
Format text in documents

The press & hold accent menu can be enabled or disabled from Terminal

To disable the character accent menu in OS X, launch Terminal from /Applications/Utilities, enter the following command and press Return:

defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false

To re-enable, change false to true

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