How to Type Umlaut on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Type Umlaut on Mac

If you frequently need to type in languages such as German, you may have encountered the need to use umlauts. Umlauts are diacritical marks consisting of two dots placed over a vowel, which alter the pronunciation of the letter.

On a Mac, typing umlauts is a breeze once you know the shortcuts and methods available. In this tutorial, we will explore different ways to type umlauts on your Mac.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac provides convenient keyboard shortcuts for typing umlauts. Here’s how:

  • Option + u + letter: Press and hold the Option key, then press “u”. Release both keys and type the letter that requires an umlaut.

    For example, to type “ü”, press Option + u and then release both keys and press “u”.

  • Option + u + Shift + letter: To type capital letters with an umlaut, follow the same steps as above but additionally hold down the Shift key while typing the desired letter. For example, to type “Ü”, press Option + u, release both keys, then press Shift + u.

Using Character Viewer

If you prefer a visual interface for accessing special characters, Mac provides a built-in tool called Character Viewer:

  1. Click on the Apple menu: Located in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select ‘System Preferences’: A dropdown menu will appear.
  3. Select ‘Keyboard’: It is usually represented by a keyboard icon.
  4. Go to the ‘Input Sources’ tab: Located at the top of the Keyboard preferences window.
  5. Check ‘Show Input menu in menu bar’: This will add a language flag icon to your menu bar at the top-right corner of your screen.
  6. Open Character Viewer: Click on the language flag icon in the menu bar and select ‘Show Character Viewer’ from the dropdown menu.
  7. Select ‘Latin’ from the left-hand side pane: This will display Latin characters including those with umlauts.
  8. Double-click a character: Find the desired umlaut character and double-click on it to insert it into your document or text field.

Using Text Replacement

If you frequently use umlauts and want a faster way to type them, you can create text replacements. Text replacements allow you to assign custom shortcuts that automatically expand into longer phrases, including umlauts. Here’s how:

  1. Click on the Apple menu: Located in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Go to the ‘Text’ tab: Located at the top of the Keyboard preferences window.
  3. Add a new text replacement: Click on the “+” button below the list of text replacements.
    • Replace: Enter a shortcut or abbreviation, such as “u:”. This will trigger the expansion of the umlaut.
    • With: Enter the corresponding umlaut character, such as “ü”.


Now that you know different methods to type umlauts on your Mac, you can easily enhance your language typing experience. Whether you prefer keyboard shortcuts, Character Viewer, or text replacements, you have various options at your disposal.

Experiment with these methods and find the one that suits your workflow best. Happy typing!

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