The German Studies Department compiled a list of study aids and helpful links for our students.
Use the Option key. Hold down Option and push "s" to get "ß." For the umlauted characters, hold down Option and push "u." Release Option, then type the desired base letter (a, o, u, A, O, or U). The umlaut will appear over the letter you typed. So to type "ü," you should hold down Option, press "u," then release Option and press "u" again.
In Microsoft Word, go to Insert > Symbols > More Symbols.
If you find yourself using an umlaut often, you may switch your keyboard functions so as to produce, e.g., an "ä" by pressing "quotation mark + a". To set this up do the following:
Control Panel > Regional and Language Options > Languages > Details > Add United States - International
We recommend that you make U.S. - International the default input language and also show the language bar on your desktop.
|ä||Alt 0228||Option U A|
|ö||Alt 0246||Option U O|
|ü||Alt 0252||Option U U|
|Ä||Alt 0196||Option U Shift A|
|Ö||Alt 0214||Option U Shift A|
|Ü||Alt 0220||Option U Shift U|
|ß||Alt 0223||Option U S|