Friday, November 20, 2009

Because someday you might want to know how to do this...

I've been making a lot of Latin flash cards this year, and I finally figured out how to make those little macrons over the vowels. I learned the hard way that it is not wise to just ignore them. Macrons really are used for a reason, and if your child ever has to take Latin in a classroom setting, he/she will probably be expected to know the macrons. But this is not a post about if or why you should use macrons (for further information on that subject, visit this discussion). I just thought I'd share how to include macrons in your flash cards, worksheets, or whatever materials you create for your Latin studies.

For my Mac friends:

See the little American flag in the picture below?

This helpful website shows you how to get that little flag that enables you to use the U.S. Extended keyboard:

Now that you have that set up, you're ready to add those pesky macrons. In your document press the Option key, then the A key. Your macron will appear (a little higher and longer than the finished product will be.

Then just type whatever vowel you want to use.


Now, for those of you who haven't bought a Mac yet, the aforementioned website also gives instructions for Windows users and even HTML. : )

Next up...

The overdue, final post of my Iditarod series.


  1. Thank you for the MAC-rons tutorial. :) Sadly, I have a PC and appreciate the link to the instructions for Windows. Typing macrons will come in handy, even if I must endure the evil that is called Windows Vista to do it!

  2. Thanks Kellie, I love these little tutorial hints.
    Only problem is, I can't see the US flag anywhere on my Mac... But there is an Australian flag for some reason. :-D
    ~ Sharon

  3. LOL! Dawn, I'm kicking myself for not thinking of MAC-ron first! And, Sharon, I guess that's one of the nice things about the internet -- I can have a friend on the other side of the world but it still seems like she lives next door. So it never occurred to me that someone else might have a different flag! Thanks for giving me a good laugh, ladies!