Where do I find the style guide for typing umlauts

+7 votes
in The Tree House by David Hughey G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
My solution for this issue is to install the US International keyboard (on Windows) as a second keyboard. A little keyboard symbol on the bottom bar allows you to switch between them.
When you want an umlaut, it's just a matter of typing "o one after the other - no remembering arcane codes! - and it comes out as ö.
Thanks for the education. I was stuck in arcane codes.

4 Answers

+7 votes
typing umlauts depends on your computer system. On a Mac or iPad you hold a letter down until it pops up the letters with diacriticals. On Windows you  need to know the code for each letter. This page indicates how: http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/misc/typingumlauts.html

You can also use the character map application on Windows.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
+9 votes
I usually copy and paste from a source that already has them and the umlauts, accent marks, and things like the ess set come over already formatted and ready to go. That's easier to me than trying to remember the ASCII code for them, or tracking it down through the character map.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+5 votes
I use alt codes so...

Alt 0214 = Ö

Alt 0246 = ö

Alt 0220 = Ü

Alt 0252 = ü

Alt 0203 = Ë

Alt 0235 = ë

Alt 0196 = Ä

Alt 0228 = ä
by Kylie Haese G2G6 Mach 7 (75.4k points)
+4 votes
Being a German, the Umlaute (which is the German plural for them) are on my keyboard. I installed other keyboards on my windows system though to be able to switch between my many languages and write those correctly.

To do this you go into your settings

Then "Time and Language",

then "Language"

then "Preferred language"

then "Add preferred language"

and then opens up a new window with tons of other languages.

So when I install a new language, I like to make a "walk over the keyboard" to see where which special letters are hidden. Usually the two keys right of the 0 in the number's line, the two keys right of the P are special letters and also the three keys right of the L are special letters.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (766k points)

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