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 (letter n with tilde) 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 (or letter N with tilde) 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 or the letter N with tilde 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 or a letter n with tilde.
Table of Contents
- Enye Copy and Paste
- How to Type Enye on Your Keyboard
- How to Type Enye on a Mac Computer
- How to Insert Enye in Microsoft Word
- How to Type the Enye in Google Docs
- How to Insert the Letter N with Tilde Using Character Map
- How to Type Enye on Your Android Smartphone
- How to Type the Letter N with Tilde on the iPhone
- Final Thoughts
Enye Copy and Paste
Maybe you just want to copy the enye letter or the letter N with tilde and paste it into your document. All you have to do is to copy (Ctrl + C) the ñ or Ñ characters on this page and then paste it (Ctrl + V) to your document or application.
We have also provided a quick and easy way to copy the enye letter. Just click the Copy button below to instantly copy it to your clipboard.
Copy the big enye (capital letter N with tilde):
Copy the small enye (small letter n with tilde):
After copying the symbol, go back to your document or application and then paste the symbol by right-clicking and selecting Paste (Ctrl + V). If you’re on mobile, just long-press and select Paste.
How to Type Enye on Your Keyboard
A common way to type the enye letter or the letter N with tilde on your computer keyboard is to use combination keys or what we call a keyboard shortcut.
The keyboard shortcut for the small enye (ñ) is either Alt + 0241 or Alt + 164.
The keyboard shortcut for the big enye (Ñ) is either Alt + 0209 or Alt + 165.
Follow these steps to type the enye or letter N with tilde using your computer keyboard:
- Make sure that the number pad is active by tapping the Num Lock key. The number pad can be found on the right side of the Windows keyboard.
- Place the cursor or pointer where you want to type the enye letter (e.g. Word document or Excel spreadsheet).
- Hold down the Alt key.
- While holding the Alt key, type either 0241 or 164 on the number pad. To type the big enye (Ñ), type either 0209 or 165.
- Check that the enye character was properly inserted into your document or application.
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, and then press the “N” key again without holding down the Option key:
Option + N, N
To type the big 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. First, click the Insert tab, choose Symbol (under Symbols) and then select More Symbols.
Select the ñ symbol (find the symbol composed of a letter n with a tilde). To easily search for the symbol, select 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 Insert > Symbol so it’s easier to insert it the next time around.
How to Type the Enye in Google Docs
Many people have started using Google Docs instead Microsoft Word due to its simplicity and ease of use. Do you know that you can also type the letter N with tilde (ñ) in Google Docs without using any keyboard shortcut?
Here’s how to insert the enye letter or the letter N with tilde in Google Docs:
- Click Insert on the menu.
- Select Special characters.
- Select “Latin” on the first dropdown field. Leave the second dropdown field as “Common.”
- Find the ñ character (Latin small letter N with tilde). It’s located on the 11th row.
- Click the ñ character to insert it in Google Docs.
If you want to insert the capital letter N with tilde (Ñ), you can find it on the 7th row on the last column.
You can also type “N with tilde” on the “Search by keyword” field to quickly find the ñ or Ñ character in Google Docs.
How to Insert the Letter N with Tilde 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 the Character Map utility in Windows 10.
Just click the Windows Start icon on the bottom-left corner of the screen, 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 you can’t seem to find the ñ letter in the Character Map, you can search for it by checking “Advanced view” and then typing “letter N with tilde.”
How to Type Enye on Your Android Smartphone
You can easily type enye on your Android 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 you want to insert the capital enye (Ñ) instead, just switch to the capital N key, and then long press and select Ñ.
How to Type the Letter N with Tilde on the iPhone
Typing the ñ character on the iPhone is just like on Android. Simply long press the n key and then select ñ on the pop-out screen to insert the character. To insert the capital enye (Ñ), switch to the capital N key and then long press and choose Ñ.
The ñ character is an important part of the Spanish and Filipino alphabets, so everyone who regularly deals with those languages must take the time to learn how to type or insert it into their documents and 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 or the letter n with tilde, please comment below.