Accent Aigu: (é)
Option key + letter e. Followed by e.
Accent Grave: (à, è, ù)
Option key + ` (found in the top left of your keyboard, on the key with the tilde). Followed by a, e, or u.
Circumflex: (â, ê, î, ô, û)
Option key + letter i. Followed by a, e, i, o, or u.
Option key + letter c. No additional letter needs to follow.
Trema: (ë, ï, ü)
Option key + letter u. Followed by e, i, or u.
oe ligature: (œ)
Option key + letter q.
While holding the option key, click “e” once (just as if you were typing the letter “e”).
Release both the option key and e. Now say I wanted this accent I just produced to go above an “i.” I would type in an “i” in the same manner I normally would, except this time the letter would receive the desired accent.
At first glance, this all may be a little to much to take in now, don’t worry! Keep referencing back here if you forget which keys to use and you’ll be naturally typing accents even FASTER than when using a French keyboard.
These are all the skills I used to make typing French accents on mac computers.