Writing German Letters

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Those who do not have a keyboard with easy access to German letters have different options for writing those letters on their computer. Finding the letters through a word processor can work, but is tedious. Replacing the letters with their appropriate translitterations is valid, but can lead to confusion, as some German names use the same letter combinations; Göring can be spelled Goering, but Goebbels can't be spelled Göbbels.

Using keyboard shortcuts makes it easy to writing German letters. The shortcuts used are different on Windows and a Mac.

On Windows, [Alt] is held down, while entering a number code:

On a Mac, for Umlaut letters, [Option]+[U] is pressed first, followed by the appropriate letter:

The ß is written as [Option]+[S].