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How to type German letters on English Keyboard

I'm sure a lot of you know these already, but I've found them useful, and maybe some of you haven't come across these before

Press and hold down the ALT key whilst typing:

0196 for Ä

0228 for ä

0214 for Ö

0246 for ö

0220 for Ü

0252 for ü

0223 for ß

NB: You must use the numbers keypad and not the numbers above the letters. Also NUM LOCK must be on.

November 25, 2017



If you're using browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, there is an available add-on/extension called "DuoKeyboard" which is very helpful for those who would rather type as if they're using a German keyboard.

You can download them here:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duokeyboard/dekooljcgfaiokofbciaflklkfniimfa?hl=en (Google Chrome)

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/duokeyboard/?src=api (Mozilla Firefox)


On the Mac keyboard, there are two ways for German:

  1. Hold down the vowel you are typing and a small window appears, allowing you to choose one of the specific vowel variations you want.

  2. Press the "option" and letter "u" at the same time: an umlaut appears, then press the vowel letter you want and it appears under the umlaut.


Thanks George that's the answer I was looking for. Ken


For people on Windows, I highly recommend Wincompose - https://github.com/samhocevar/wincompose

It's a lot easier than anything else I've found so far and the key combinations are more intuitive than memorizing a bunch or number codes.

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