How to Type Characters With Umlaut Marks (2024)

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    What to Know

    • Windows: Select Win+R > enter charmap > double-click the character > select Copy > Ctrl+V to paste, or use Alt+numeric code.
    • Mac: Press and hold Option+u > type the letter or use the Character Viewer program.

    This article explains how to create an umlaut on a Windows PC, a Mac, and in HTML.

    What Is an Umlaut?

    The umlaut diacritic mark, also called a diaeresis or trema, is formed by two small dots over a letter, in most cases, a vowel. In the case of the lowercasei, those two dots replace the single dot. The umlaut diacritic marks appear on uppercase and lowercase vowels:


    Many languages, including German, use umlauts. A few of those languages have loanwords in English, which are words English borrowed from the other language. For example, the French word, naïve.

    The umlaut diacritic carries over into English when used in foreign branding, for example, in advertising or for other special effects. The popular ice cream company Häagen-Daz illustrates such usage.

    Different Strokes for Different Platforms

    Several keyboard shortcuts render an umlaut from the keyboard, depending on the platform.

    Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

    On Windows PCs, enableNum Lock. Press and hold theAlt key while typing the appropriate number code on thenumeric keypad to create characters with umlaut marks.


    Windows Character Map

    You need a numeric keypad to enter numeric codes. The numbers at the top of thekeyboard, above the alphabet, won't work in this way.

    If you don't have a numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard, or the Num Lock key isn't present on your keyboard, copy and paste accented characters from the Character Map in Windows.

    1. Press Win+R to open the Run dialog box, then enter charmap.

    2. Double-click the character you want to copy so that it appears in the Characters to copy text box.

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    3. Select Copy to copy the character, after which you can paste it anywhere with the Ctrl+V keyboard shortcut.

    The Windows character map is also a great way to learn which hotkeys produce different characters. Select a character in the Character Map to view the Keystroke information at the bottom of the window, which describes which keys make that character.

    Mac Shortcuts and Character Viewer

    On a Mac, press and hold the Option key while typing the letter u. Then type the letter to which you want to add the umlaut.

    The Character Viewer program in macOS is another way to access these special characters. You can get there from most text boxes in most programs through the Edit > Emoji & Symbols menu.

    Another way to access these characters on a Mac is to use the PopChar X program, which is like a Mac version of the Windows Character Map utility.

    Mobile Devices

    On an iOS or Android device, access umlaut marks by tapping and holding a particular key. For example, tap and hold the uppercase or lowercase O key, then slide your finger over to ö or Ö to use it in texts, emails, and other documents.


    Computer programmers use Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), a foundational computer language,to build, describe, and define the content of web pages. You'll find it on almost every page on the web.

    To use HTML codes for German and other languages to render characters with an umlaut, type & (the ampersand symbol), followed by the letter (like A), the letters uml, and then a semicolon (;). This string must not include any spaces between the characters.

    In HTML, the characters with an umlaut might appear smaller than the surrounding text. To make the text flow better, enlarge the font for those characters.


    • How do I type accent marks in Windows?

      To add accent marks on Windows PCs, turn on Num Lock. Next, hold down the Alt key while typing the corresponding number code on the numeric keypad. You'll create characters with acute accent marks.

    • How do I type accent marks on a Mac?

      To accent letters on a Mac, use the Mac computer keyboard to access the Accent menu via keyboard inputs. Long press the letter, and then select the corresponding number or click the mark or number in the accent menu.

    • How do I type a tilde mark?

      To type a tilde mark on a Mac, Press Option+N, and then type the letter you want to accent. On a Windows PC, turn on Num Lock, press and hold Alt, and then type the character's specific number code. (See linked article for specific number codes.)

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    How to Type Characters With Umlaut Marks (2024)


    How to Type Characters With Umlaut Marks? ›

    For lowercase “a” with an umlaut (ä), press Alt + 0228. For uppercase “Ä,” press Alt + 0196. This way, you can enter umlauts quickly. You can also use the Character Map feature in Word.

    How do I type umlauts on my keyboard? ›

    For lowercase “a” with an umlaut (ä), press Alt + 0228. For uppercase “Ä,” press Alt + 0196. This way, you can enter umlauts quickly. You can also use the Character Map feature in Word.

    What is the Alt code for the umlauts? ›

    Press NUM on your keyboard's number pad to activate the NUM lock. Then press ALT and keep it pressed while you type the code 132 on the number pad. 132 is the code for the letter ä, the a umlaut.

    How do you type an I with an umlaut? ›

    Alt-u, then u. (It's called an umlaut, by the way.) Alt-u then o gives ö. Alt-u then i gives ï.

    How to get umlauts on US keyboard? ›

    To type umlaute using the US International Keyboard layout, type a quotation mark (“) and then the letter over which you would like the umlaut to appear, i.e. a, A, o, O, u, or U. Nothing will appear on your screen when you type the quotation mark; once you type the a, o or u, the umlauted ä, ö or ü will appear.

    How do I enter special characters on my keyboard? ›

    Inserting ASCII characters

    To insert an ASCII character, press and hold down ALT while typing the character code. For example, to insert the degree (º) symbol, press and hold down ALT while typing 0176 on the numeric keypad. You must use the numeric keypad to type the numbers, and not the keyboard.

    How do you type Zoë with two dots? ›

    Z, o, Alt-u (gives the two dots), e (thanks to Rob Wilkins!)

    What do you use keys for two dots? ›

    Golden Keys are collectibles that you can receive through Daily Mystery Prizes and events. They can be exchanged in the market for awesome items such as Lives and Booster Boxes!

    How do you type Ö in Word? ›

    On the Insert tab of the ribbon, in the Symbols group, click Symbol > More Symbols... Make sure that the Font dropdown is set to (normal text). Scroll down the list of characters until you see accented upper case letters. Select the letter you want, then click Insert.

    What is the code for the I with two dots? ›

    Find the Windows Alt code for the vowel you want to insert. The codes for umlauted vowels are: ä (0228); Ä(0196); ë(0235); Ë(0203); ï(0239); Ï(0207); ö(0246); Ö(0214); ü(0252); Ü(0220); ÿ(0225) and Ÿ(0159). Enable the Num Lock feature of your numerical keypad.

    How do you type Ö with Alt? ›

    Hold down alt key and type in the following for: ö: alt +148. Ö: alt +0214.

    How do I type ë on my keyboard? ›

    Alt + 0203 for Ë, upper case E with umlaut accent. Alt + 0235 for ë, lower case e with umlaut accent.

    How do you type an e umlaut on a laptop? ›

    For keyboard shortcuts in which you press one key immediately followed by another key, the keys to press are separated by a comma (,). For example, for è you would press Ctrl + ` , release and then type e.


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