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I'm a student in Germany, so I have to type a lot in German. There's four additional letters in German, ü ä ö ß. Since I'm using a computer with US layout, I can't type them directly but by using alt key. Ü by typing alt+u once then u, occasionally shift switch also, Ä by typing alt+u then shift+a. So it's a lot of keys, not quite efficient. Since I only have to type these 4 letters, is there any way to make it a bit easier? Like alt+u directly for ü, alt+a ä, alt+o for ö?

Looking forward for Help! thx

  • You should also be able to type accented characters by holding down the key for the base letter and selecting them from the pop up that appears. – Tom Gewecke Oct 3 '16 at 19:30
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If you're going to be typing in German for a while, it may be useful to switch to the German keyboard layout as needed. Settings > Keyboard > Input Sources You can use a keyboard shortcut or the menu bar icon to quickly swap between the layouts when working on assignments (but with much faster access to the accented letters you want.

Input sources

Otherwise you are looking at manually editing your U.S. layout to change the individual function of the keys, which is do-able but likely less desirable.

  • Most users will find difficult to switch from qwerty to qwertz. – Tom Gewecke Oct 3 '16 at 19:28
  • If they're planning to spend significant time in Germany and will be using German keyboards, I'd consider it time well invested – Wolf Oct 3 '16 at 19:29
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Problem solved by using Ukelele!http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=ukelele Works super fine.

  • So I have assigned alt+a to ä, shift+alt+a to Ä etc. It's now much faster to type german. Otherwise I also assigned alt+e to euro sign €. Pretty good solution I think for people who wants to type german with a U.S. keyboard layout. – Peiyi Yang Oct 4 '16 at 4:03

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