How to Type an Umlaut in Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word 2010, in keeping with previous versions of the word processing program, gives you the ability to insert international characters such as an umlaut--a diacritical mark used in the German language that resembles a horizontal colon--into your documents. One way to include an umlaut in a Word 2010 document is to choose from a list of characters in the Symbol options of the Insert tab of the ribbon. Keyboard shortcuts provide a quicker method to type an umlaut as you input text.

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  1. 1

    Insert the cursor where you want to type an umlaut in an open Word document.

  2. 2

    Press “Ctrl-Shift-;” and then type the vowel over which you want an umlaut to appear. This will insert the lower case version of the vowel with an umlaut over it.

  3. 3

    Press “Ctrl-Shift-;" and then press “Shift” and the vowel requiring the umlaut. This results in an upper case umlauted vowel.

Tips and warnings

  • Use spell check to make sure you have written what you needed correctly. Unfortunately, when writing in German Microsoft Word will not catch if the umlauts are used in a grammatically correct nature.

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