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How do I type Ø using a US-international keyboard? -Answered

Knowing the others would be helpful too, but mainly this one.

Sorry if this has already been asked, I looked though previous posts and couldn't find it.

-Thanks everyone!

July 20, 2015


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I usually use right-alt + l for ø, right-alt + z for æ, and right-alt + w for å.


It doesn't work for me... But I found on Google that you can use

Alt+ 0229= å

Alt+ 0230= æ

Alt+ 0248= ø


Ratti's option only works if you have an international (non US)* keyboard option available. I've gotten very use to alt options living and working in Norway.

  • edit: international = non North American. Why keyboards aren't standardized I'll never know, but I learned to type on a NA keyboard so when it's time to get a new keyboard I'll either need to re-learn a lot of the punctuation on a Norwegian/European international keyboard, or I'll have to figure out a way to get a NA keyboard on my computer.

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I think that Starkicker has explained it well enough, but to clarify a little bit ...

If you are using the standard US English keyboard, you are correct and the combinations I listed will not work. However, the OP stated that they are using the US-International keyboard layout -- which is where they do work.

On the flip side, I cannot get the alt codes you gave to work on the US-International keyboard, but I can on the standard US English keyboard layout. Edit - I experimented and got the numerical alt codes to work by using left-alt on US-Intn'l.


I'm using the thing next to the language bar that's marked US - International. I tried both the alt + numbers and the alt + letters and neither worked with either layout setting :/ sorry

Any other ideas?

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I just want to be sure, were you using the alt key to the right of space bar (and pressing both the alt key and the letter key at the same time)? The alt key to the left of the spacebar does not work with alt+letter, which is something that at one point I wasn't aware of.


Oh hey! øæå! What do you know! L z ans w seem a bit arbitrary though, I wonder why those letters? Anyway thanks!

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We've hit the reply limit within the conversation, so I am replying to your older post so that you still get the notification.

I'm glad I could help. :)

Yeah, they do seem kind of random (I also use right-alt + n for ñ in Spanish, which seems a little less random at least) but I find it way easier to remember the singular letters versus the three to four digit numerical alt codes that have been mentioned.


Thanks! This works perfectly


Æ = alt + 146 / æ = alt + 145 Ø = alt + 0216 / ø = alt + 0248 Å = alt + 143 / å = alt + 134 and for the few times you need it é = alt + 0233


Doesn't seem to work...


You have to use the numerical keyboard for that.


Would've been useful if you had added which OS you're using.

In Linux it's compose key+O+/ or compose key+/+O

The others are:

æ: compose key+A+E

å: compose key+A+A or compose key+A+asterix or compose key+asterix+A

Should be the same in BSD.

In Mac OSX:

å: Option+A or hold the A and pick å in the pop-up menu

æ: Option+' or hold the A and pick æ in the pop-up menu

ø: Option+O or hold O and pick ø in the pop-up menu

In Windows:

Delete your Windows partition and install a Linux distro then see the begin section of this post. jk, but that one has been covered already so see the previous answers. In addition if you don't want to learn those alt-codes I believe there are programs available who bring compose key functionality to Windows.

edit: Another solution, which is unfortunately not possible to accomplish with every keyboard. But I'll add it for those who happen to have a keyboard with programmable keys, since it's definitely my preferred way of typing these letters. If you can reprogram your keys or certain keys on your keyboard you can always assign those letters to some unused keys. For example I use the Roccat Ryos MK Pro and I didn't use the M3, M4 and M5 keys on my main profile, so what I did was creating a new macro set and made 3 macros under this set, 1 for each letter and then I assigned those to the 3 unused keys. So instead of needing to type "compose key+/+O" I only have to push the M5 key and I get a ø or shift+M5 for Ø. This is by far the most comfortable way to type these extra vowels. If your keyboard also supports multiple profiles, you can even make separate profiles for every language you use/learn.

On my phone and tablet I use ai.type keyboard plus, which makes it really easy to switch keyboard layouts by just swiping on the spacebar, so typing those vowels on Android is just a matter of switching to Norwegian which takes about a second.


I'm on a laptop running windows 7 and I'm not particularly computer savvy. I was hoping just to get the equivalent of what I have for Spanish (~ + n = ñ)


If you are always using the same computer, I would recommend building your own keyboard layout with the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (assuming you are using Windows)


With that it is relatively easy to define your own dead keys (such as "^"). There are many good tutorials online how it works. In my personal layout I use * o = ø, * a = æ and °a = å


I just learned a pitfall with ALT 0248.

If "Num Lock" is engaged, it will tell your browser to "page back". Not fun when you're in the middle of a lesson.


Is THAT why it does it! I always have num lock engaged and wondered what was going on - Merci !

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