Is there any possibility to be able to write using alt + [] to make diactric marks (Polish), while having Adobe Illustrator in English language? Using for example alt + e only results in starting export command.

After choosing Polish language in Characters options, shortcuts still not working.

After choosing Polish in Document setup > Type, shortcuts still not working.

Note that everything is fine in Photoshop or InDesign or other applications in my OS.

  My environment:

  • OS: Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
  • OS Language: English US
  • OS Keyboard settings: Polish programmer
  • Illustrator Version: 26.5.2  

PS. Changing program language is not an option

  • workaround: would it be an option to clear all Illustrator's key combinations that overlap with your intended function? You can access Keyboard Shortcuts in the main Edit menu,
    – Vincent
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 10:24
  • I tried this method. Unfortunately it doesn't work.
    – kanlukasz
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 11:21
  • its probably possible to do this by changing how the os keyboard layout works. Because thats how its done in scandic region making some adobe shortcuts impossible since the os overrides the keys.
    – joojaa
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 15:49

3 Answers 3


Temporary workaround I found is using Shift + ~ and then press e.g e.

Found it here

Example: enter image description here


Since you mentioned this for some reason works for you in InDesign, you can type the actual text in InDesign and copy paste back to Illustrator with the proper glyphs in place.

InDesign also keeps track of recently used glyphs, in the Glyphs panel, and that is another way to re-use specific glyphs faster. I have actually used this a few times with eastern-EU languages, you punch in all the glyphs you need, InDesign will build that "Recenlty Used" list, and then you drag this window close to your textbox and click around and replace the glyphs where needed.

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Sounds to me like a automation app would be perfect for you, if you have this problem often. I'm working on mac and could recommend Keyboard Maestro as a cheap option for mac.

Anyhow on windows I found a free app that should work for you.
(Untested and not affiliated)

With apps like this you can set custom shortcuts like:
Ctrl Alt Shift o -> ō

Or text expansions like:
´o -> ō
´n -> ń

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