There is an easy way to write the German characters ä ö ü and ß on a non-German keyboard.
Press NUM on your keyboard’s number pad to activate the NUM lock. Then press ALT and keep it pressed while you type the code 132 on the number pad. 132 is the code for the letter ä, the a umlaut.
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Use the ASCII codes for the other German letters
ALT + 132
ALT + 142
ALT + 148
ALT + 153
ALT + 129
ALT + 154
ALT + 225
ä – umlaut, small letter
Ä – umlaut, capital letter
ö – umlaut, small letter
Ö – umlaut, capital letter
ü – umlaut, small letter
Ü – umlaut, capital lette
ß – eszett or sharp s
The letters ä ö ü
The umlaut letters ä ö ü are on German computer keyboards. Character encodings are used to render them on a non-German keyboard. If the umlauts are unavailable, they are replaced by ae, oe, and ue. Gepäck, Köln, and München are typed as Gepaeck, Koeln, and Muenchen.
The letter ß
The letter ß represents a voiceless s. Since it is never used at the beginning of a word, it exists only as a small letter. If it is not available for typing or printing, ss is used instead. So the word groß.
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