I'm currently writing emails frequently to a Slovenian who has the letter š in his name. I use copy and paste for the letter š, which is quite inconvenient.

I'm using the US keyboard layout.

How can I type this letter directly from the keyboard?

  • which keyboard layout are you using?
    – Agos
    Jan 28, 2011 at 23:44
  • @Agos US keyboard layout Jan 29, 2011 at 6:37

6 Answers 6


Right Option (Alt) v s

You must have U.S. Extended keyboard layout enabled for the above to work.

  • That did it, after turning on US Extended keyboard layout. Thanks. Jan 29, 2011 at 6:40

You can choose edit menu (in most software) then choose Special Character .. then go to Accented Latin tab and find your character Š.

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  • Thanks, but I'm looking for a direct way of typing this on the keyboard, just like I do alt+u o to get ö and alt+n n to get ñ Jan 29, 2011 at 6:38

Simply hold down the S key and you'll be presented with three options - press 3 on your keyboard to type š. If you need a capital Š just use the Shift Key or Caps Lock.


If you have the patience to configure the keybindings, you can try Ukelele and create a keyboard layout for your needs.


I'm not near my iMac right now, so I can't test this. But this usually works for me http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8504.html


I have long had the same problem. My solution: install the Slovenian keyboard layout and set the shortcut to changing between keyboards to Option+Tab. That works very quickly and gives you all the special letters (they are in place of the paranthesis and quotation keys on an English keyboard.)

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