How to use an umlaut on a mac

Updated February 21, 2017

Step 1

Press Option + u, and then press the letter you want accented.

Step 2

For upper case, press Option + u, and then press Shift + the letter you want accented.


  • All of these characters can be found in, and inserted into your document from, the Key Caps desk accessory, which can be found in the Apple menu.
  • Foreign language (non-Latin) fonts are available for purchase, as shareware or, in some cases, as freeware over the Internet.


  • Many of these accented ("high ASCII") characters are not compatible with e-mail.

Things You'll Need

  • Fontographer (Macromedia)
  • PopChar Pro (Uni Software Plus)
  • Computer Fonts Software
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