How to use Accented Characters in BlackBerry 10

HOW-TO / 01.30.13 / tywill1


The BlackBerry Z10 smartphone’s touchscreen keyboard is designed to help you be as efficient as possible when typing, so today I’d like to provide a brief overview of how to use accented characters. I’ll also be providing an overview of how to enable accented and special character support when composing Text Messages (SMS), so grab your BlackBerry Z10 and let’s begin.

Entering Accented Characters

  1. On the keyboard, touch and hold the letter that you want to add the accent to
  2. When the accented characters appear above the letter, slide your finger onto the accented character that you want to enter
  3. Lift your finger and the accented character will be inserted.


To type an uppercase accented character, tap on the uppercase key first; or, when your finger is on the accented character that you want to type, if you pause briefly before you lift your finger the accented character will change to uppercase.

In the following screenshot, I held my finger on the “i” key then slid it to the middle character and held my finger for a moment, which resulted in the uppercase character being displayed. After lifting my finger, the uppercase character was inserted.


Enabled Accented Character Text Message (SMS) Support

By default, some accented characters might not appear after you send text messages (SMS). You can make special characters always available for text messaging by following the steps below:

  1. Swipe and access the BlackBerry Hub
  2. Tap the Action button blackberry-10-accents-button-1
  3. Tap Settings followed by Text Messages
  4. Tap on the Advanced button blackberry-10-accents-button-2
  5. Set the Allow Special Characters switch to On.


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