How to use an umlaut on a mac

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Half of the Mac's character set can't be found on the keyboard. Here's how to create the umlaut-accented (¨) characters used in some Latin-based languages. This works for äÄ, ëË, ïÏ, öÖ, üÜ and ÿ'.


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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 need

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

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