How to Type German Accent Marks


Typing in a foreign language can prove difficult if that language uses symbols or letters not found in English. The biggest issue English-language keyboards have with the German language is the addition of an umlaut. An umlaut is symbol which resembles a colon turned on its side. In German it rests on top of vowels and alters their pronunciation. German accents are easy to type on both Macintosh and Windows computers, if you know the proper keyboard codes. Macintosh and Windows each have their own distinct codes required to type the German accent you need.

For Windows Users

  • Use the ALT key and a numerical code to make an umlaut over the letter A. In order to make a lowercase ä, hold the ALT key and enter the numerical code 0228. To make the uppercase Ä symbol, hold the ALT key and enter 0196.

  • Hold down ALT and enter the numerical code 0214 to make the -- symbol. For the lowercase, ö, hold down ALT again and type 0246.

  • Continue holding the ALT key on your keyboard and enter 0220 or 0252 to make the Ü and ü symbols, respectively.

  • Create the miscellaneous symbols "ß" and "€" by holding down the ALT key and entering either 0223 or 0128.


  • Add an umlaut to any vowel by holding the OPTION key and typing a U. Then type either an upper-case or a lower-case vowel.

  • Make a ß symbol by holding down the OPTION key on the right of the space bar and typing the letter "s."

  • Hold down the SHIFT button while simultaneously holding down OPTION. Type the number "2." This will create the € symbol.

Tips & Warnings

  • Not all Macintosh fonts will support the € symbol.

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