3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2008 5:41 PM by cgbier
cgbier Level 1 (25 points)
I live in the US, have a US keyboard layout, but have to communicate a lot with folks back in Germany.
Them folks oftentimes put those fancy dots on vowels and then call the vowels umlaut.
How do I teach my Mac to use umlauts?

MacBook 2.4, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • LarryHN Level 9 (76,872 points)
    you can find the ones you want by looking in the special characters entry in the edit menu

    And for these you depress option and they the character (sometimes followed by typing the character again without the option key - many have keyboard shortcuts

    å é î ø ü

  • V.K. Level 9 (56,110 points)
    You can do it in two ways. one press option+u, release option and type a vowel. for example option+u, release option+o gives ö .
    Alternatively you can go to international system preferences->input menu. check german and check the check box to show it in the menu bar. you can then switch input menu to alternate between english and german keyboard. This is ü typed using german keyboard layout. You can also check keyboard viewer in the same system preferences pane. it will then be available from the same input menu in the menu bar.
  • cgbier Level 1 (25 points)
    Thank you very much!

    Simple and easy solution!