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dvarian
Nov 07, 2013

How can I type an umlaut on a Windows PC with an English keyboard?

We do business with a German company, and there are a number of names and words that have an umlaut (the dots over a vowel in German), and I would write them correctly in our emails. Is there a way to type them on a standard english keyboard? I tried “alt” + some numbers I found on a list that were supposed to do it, but each time I hit the number, my PC just beeps at me.

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dthomas
11/11/2013

You have to use the numbers on the numeric keypad. If you use the ones above the alphabet it won’t work. For an umlaut capital Ü is ALT+0220, lower case ü is ALT+0252. Again, hold down the ALT key and enter the numbers using the numeric keypad or it won’t work. It might be different if you are using Outlook; that might use the same shortcuts as Word.

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dthomas
11/11/2013

I forgot to include a link for a list of the codes. Here you go: http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html

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