10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2010 7:02 PM by Tom Gewecke
BoCRon Level 1 Level 1
I've been trying to find out how to type the letter "o" with an umlaut (2 little dots over the o). I did a search and it says to hit the option key than the letter for an umlaut, but I get the letter o with a slash through it (a swedish thing I think). I've been searching but can't figure this out.
Thanks,
Annette

IMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10
    Press Option+U and then the o, or copy and paste ö.

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  • BoCRon Level 1 Level 1
    Tried that, still get an o with a slash through it.


    Annette
  • BoCRon Level 1 Level 1
    Oh, my sig shows 10.4, but I've updated my mac and my sig.
    Thanks,
    Annette
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9
    what keyboard layout are you using?
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9
    Tried that, still get an o with a slash through it.


    ø is Option + o. Please try Option + u, then (releasing the option key) just o. ö
  • Keith Doherty3 Level 4 Level 4
    Well what i do is set my keyboard to German and ö is found under the key : on a US keyboard
    Capital Ö achieved with shift key

    ü is [ square bracket
    Ü as above with shift

    ä is '
    Ä is shift '

    ß is the - key after number 0 in alphabetical keyboard

    What i did was to go to System preferences languages and text / Input Sources and tick the German flag AND US/GB flags also tick Show in menu bar box.

    Then click show all button and choose the keyboard icon and tick the Show keyboard and Character Viewer in menu bar box.

    So when i need to enter German text i choose the German flag in the menu bar with the mouse and click show keyboard viewer from pull down menu. This shows you a German Keyboard on the screen which you can click on for the special letters.
  • BoCRon Level 1 Level 1
    Please try Option + u, then (releasing the option key)

    Thanks, that worked. I am an extremely literal person when it comes to directions. No where anywhere did it say to release the option key before typing the o, so I never tried that. LOL, thanks for the precise explanation.
    Thanks,
    Annette
  • sklon Level 1 Level 1
    Niel,

    great solution. Was looking for this for ages, and hate to change keyboard layouts. In the same spirit:

    - How do I get sz (the German thing that looks a bit like a beta?)
    - How do I get French accents?

    Or more easily: is there some kind of exhaustive documentation for those?
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7
    - How do I get sz (the German thing that looks a bit like a beta?

    Option-s (with the US keyboard. Probably the same for UK.)
    - How do I get French accents?

    Or more easily: is there some kind of exhaustive documentation for those?

    In the "Input Sources" tab of "Language & Text" enable "Keyboard & Character Viewer" This will put a flag or symbol near the right of the menu bar. Click it and select "Keyboard Viewer".
    Press Option, Shift-Option, and Command-Option to see the characters available. If an accent shows a solid backgroung, it means it's non-spacing, so will apper over the next character you type.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9
    is there some kind of exhaustive documentation for those?


    Here is a list:

    http://homepage.mac.com/thgewecke/diacritics.html