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Why, when you can press and hold alt key while pressing 148 on numeric keypad with numlock on?
ä alt + 132
ë alt + 137
ï alt + 139
ö alt + 148
ü alt + 129
Ä alt + 142
Ë (alt + 211 doesn't work on my computer gives ╙, use Unicode) alt + 0203
Ï (alt + 216 doesn't work on my computer gives ╪, use Unicode) alt + 0207
Ö alt + 153
Ü alt + 154
ß alt + 225
See ASCII code table and extended Unicode character table online.
I used to copy and paste the letters with accents if you find that easier. In start program window enter "Character Map", click on it to open program for every character imaginable. Copying is easy there and to paste press cursor where you want it and hold CTRL key and press V key.
Or just go through the control panel and add the German keyboard layout! You can easily switch between the German and English by pressing alt+shift. In the German layout, you can write either ö, ü, ä, and ß with only one keypress. It just takes a little getting used to with the slightly different layout.
I had to reply to myself because we are too deep into responses (by the 6th deep no reply button exists). Thank you, I will add German keyboard (By the way which German keyboard layout should I choose, because there are actually a lot of choices.). I use the French keyboard too. I wanted to know more than just near, but exactly which key does what?
Thank you AndrewTemp2, I do have the US international keyboard, but again I did not know which keypresses did what. Since I am studying more than one language, it is probably a good choice for me. I found this website which lists the keystrokes for many characters using the US International keyboard. http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codeint.html