I'm using Apple's wired keyboard with number pad.
Above the number pad there are 4 unassigned function keys (F16 to F19) which I would like to assign to the German umlauts ä, ö, ü and the sharp s ß.
Is there a way to do that?
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It would be realizable with a -> Service. Such Automator Services are quite fast...but too slow for a smooth typing flow. However, there are third-party hotkey managers that are suitable for this.
With Butler you can execute text directly (!), with the others you might need an AppleScript. Open the Script-Editor to get the IDs for the umlauts:
id of "Ü"
The necessary Applescript for "Ü" would then look like this:
tell application "System Events" to keystroke (string id 220)
Assign e.g. shift-F19 (because of capitalization)