How to add a fada to letters – on different devices

Something we come across with very commonly is confusion with out to add a comma to a letter. Unless you’re a regular Irish speaker it’s probably not something you’d have to consider knowing.

Adding a fada to a letter or text on different devices depends on the platform and input method you’re using. Here’s how to do it on various devices:

1. On a Computer (Windows):

  • Hold down the “Alt” key.
  • While holding “Alt,” press the letter you’d like the fada on (only applicable to a, o, u, i, and e).
  • You’re letter should now have a Fada!

2. On a Computer (Mac):

  • On a Mac, adding a fada is relatively simple. Just press and hold the key for the base letter that you want to accent (e.g., “e” for “é”).
  • A menu of accent options will appear.
  • Use the arrow keys to select the appropriate accent (fada) and release the key.
  • The accented letter will replace the base letter.

3. On a Mobile Device (iOS – iPhone/iPad):

  • For iOS devices, press and hold the key for the base letter you want to accent.
  • A menu of accented characters will appear.
  • Slide your finger over the accented letter you want and release.

4. On a Mobile Device (Android):

  • On Android devices, you can often access accented characters by long-pressing the key for the base letter. A menu of accented options will appear, and you can select the one you need.

5. On a Virtual Keyboard (Windows and Mac):

  • On both Windows and Mac computers, you can also use the virtual keyboard.
  • In Windows, you can open the on-screen keyboard from the Accessibility Options.
  • On a Mac, you can access the virtual keyboard by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard and enabling “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in Menu Bar.”

These methods should allow you to easily add fada accents to your letters on various devices and platforms. The specific method may vary slightly depending on your device’s operating system and input method but in general the above methods should work.


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