The enye (ñ), according to Wikipedia, is a letter of the modern Latin alphabet that is formed by placing a tilde on top of the letter N. The enye letter became a part of the Spanish alphabet in the 18th century. As a former Spanish colony, the Philippines adopted the enye and included it in the Filipino alphabet as a separate letter.
Although the enye code is commonly used in Filipino publications and correspondence, it’s not included in computer keyboards just like other letters with diacritic marks. To type Ñ or ñ using your computer or laptop, you need to use a special combination on your keyboard.
The enye letter has long been a part of the Philippine language. In fact, several names and places in the Philippines contain the ñ letter. Some popular names with enye in them are Niño, Iñigo and the cities of Las Piñas and Dasmariñas.
Since there is no way to type enye on your computer directly, some people omit it altogether and use “n” instead.
Typing the correct code for enye is important because it promotes the correct pronunciation of the word. For example, Niño would sound like “Ninyo,” which is the proper pronunciation. Important documents like birth certificates and passports also require the proper use of the enye letter. There have been several cases where the omission of enye in legal documents caused problems and inconvenience.
This article will help you type ñ properly so that you can use it when you encounter a word that requires the enye letter.
How to Type Enye on a Windows Computer
To type the small letter ñ, hold down the ALT key while pressing 0241 or 164 on your number pad:
ALT + 0241
ALT + 164
To type the capital letter Ñ, hold down the ALT key while pressing 0209 or 165 on your keyboard’s number pad:
ALT + 0209
ALT + 165
Note: Make sure that your number pad is active. You can activate it by tapping the Num Lock key.
How to Type Enye on a Mac Computer
To type the small letter ñ on a Mac computer, hold down the option key and press the “N” key, then press the “N” key again without holding the option key:
option + N, N
To type the capital letter Ñ, hold down the option key and press the “N” key, then press the Shift key together with the “N” key:
option + N, Shift + N
How to Insert Enye in Microsoft Word
Inserting the enye symbol in Microsoft Word is fairly easy. Select the Insert tab, choose Symbol (under Symbols) and click More Symbols.
Select the ñ symbol. It’s under the Latin-1 Supplement subset. Click Insert and the enye symbol will be inserted into your Word document.
After first use, the ñ symbol will appear after clicking Symbol so it’s easier to insert the next time around.
How to Insert the Enye Symbol Using Character Map
If you don’t want to remember the keyboard combinations above or if your number pad is broken or missing, you can simply insert the Ñ or ñ symbol using Character Map in Windows 10. Just click the Windows icon, choose Windows Accessories, then click Character Map.
This will launch the Character Map application. Choose the Ñ or ñ symbol as shown in the screenshot below, press Select and then Copy. You can now paste it (Ctrl + V) to your document or file.
How to Type Enye on Your Smartphone
You can easily type enye in your smartphone too. Simply long press the letter n and it will show the ñ symbol for you to insert in SMS, Facebook Messenger and other applications.
If everything is too difficult for you, you can always copy (Ctrl + C) the enye code from this page and then paste it (Ctrl + V) in your document or application.
That’s it! If you know another method for typing the enye letter, please comment below.