Is there a keyboard shortcut for umlauts?
Is there a keyboard shortcut for umlauts? Having to grab the mouse and click the buttons slows things down a bit.
If you use Mac, type Option+U then the letter you want to add an umlaut to. E.g. Option+U, then a will give you ä.
For Windows, try http://desktoppub.about.com/cs/finetypography/ht/umlaut.htm.
If you use Windows 7, switching to a German keyboard is even easier, because after you have installed the German keyboard on your computer, Windows 7 puts an icon on your taskbar, so switching from one keyboard to another takes only one click. I do all of my "learning German" on Duolingo on the German keyboard, since I find using the German keyboard, even for translating from German to English, to be a significant timesaver. Please note, however, that if you signed up for Duolingo on the English keyboard, you must sign in every time on the English keyboard, If you try to sign in using the German keyboard, you will be unsuccessful. So do not switch keyboards until after you have signed in with your English keyboard.
Shortcuts for umlauts would be great, but I don't think they exist. What I usually do is to change my keyboard layout to German. I think that the following article might help you: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258824
After adding support for the German layout, you can use the shortcut "Left Alt+Shit" to easily switch between input languages.