How to Type Umlaut Chars (“2 Dots”) on a Mac

Type Umlauts on a Mac

Want to properly spell “über-” or a German street address and name? Looking for comprehensive diareses? Find out here how to type umlaut characters (with two dots on top) on a Mac using one of three methods (from megaëasy to überfast).

First, an App’s Makers Ask What the App’s Name Means

You can still see and hear some responses from people on the street.

Between “super-duper” and “Hoover dam”, UberCab has stayed with the uber- prefix to this day, for the German über- meaning above, about and beyond.

What they did not get hold of are the umlaut’s dieresis… but you can:

How to Type Umlaut Characters (with Two Dots on Top) on a Mac

Using Windows? These Are the Umlaut Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Easy: Press and Hold on the Mac Keyboard for Umlaut

Time needed: 2 minutes

To type any umlaut character on a Mac using macOS:

  1. Press (and hold) the key for the character to which you want to add the umlaut dots.

    Example: To enter ä, press and hold a.

  2. Hold the key until the context menu appears.

  3. Now press the key that corresponds to the umlaut character.

    Example: For ä, press 1.
    Alternative: You can also use the arrow keys and to highlight the umlaut character, then press Enter, Space or a punctuation mark.
    Press and hold, then pick the umlaut to enter emlauts with the Mac keyboard

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Fast: Use a Prefix Keyboard Shortcut to Type Umlauts

To enter umlauts on a Mac without holding keys and waiting:

  1. Press Option U.
    Display: You will see ¨, an underlined quotation mark.
  2. Now type the character to which you want to add the characteristic umlaut marks.
    Which characters: In addition to producing the German umlaut characters with a, o and u, you can also add the umlaut marks to indicate a diaresis to the characters e, i, and y.

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Comprehensive: Use Mac Unicode Hex Input to Type Umlaut Characters

You can also type umlauts using the Mac Unicode keyboard:

  1. Enable Unicode Hex Input on your Mac.
  2. Press and hold the Option key.
  3. Enter the number corresponding to the desired umlaut from the table just below.
    Example: For ö, press 00D6.
  4. Release the Option key.
CharacterUmlautUmlaut Option Keys
a umlautä00E4
A umlautÄ00C4
u umlautü00FC
U umlautÜ00DC
o umlautö00F6
O umlautÖ00D6

In Microsoft Office: Using the Symbol Dialog

In Word, Excel, Outlook and other apps in the Microsoft Office suite, you can also use the Symbol dialog to insert umlaut characters.

How to Type Umlaut Characters (with Two Dots on Top) on a Mac: FAQ

The font I am using does not include umlauts; what should I do?

If the font you fancy does not include proper umlaut characters, you can substitute the character without dots but with the character e appended:

CharacterUmlautASCII Substitute
a umlautäae
A umlautÄAe
u umlautüue
U umlautÜUe
o umlautöoe
O umlautÖOe

(How to type umlaut characters on a Mac tested with macOS Sonoma 14.3, Ventura 13.1, Monterey 12.0, and Big Sur 11.1; first published April 2021, last updated March 2024)

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