I have been asked, "How do I type a letter E with an acute accent?" Well, there are several methods. If you are typing a lot of French or a language which requires accents, you can change your computer keyboard to the language of your choice.
However, if you are like most of us who only need to enter special characters once in a while, it is probably easier to use Alt Codes. To type an Alt Code, you simply hold the Alt key while you type the number on your numeric keypad. Click here for a chart of Alt Codes.