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.
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 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.
If everything is too difficult for you, you can always copy (Ctrl + C) the enye code from this page.
That’s it! If you know another method for typing the enye letter, please comment below.
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