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Writing in Foreign Languages: German

A guide to using foreign characters, software for writing in foreign languages, and using foreign language keyboards.

Welcome

This guide is always evolving. Suggestions for software or resources to link to are welcome.

Table of Contents

Accent & Diacritical Marks

Software for Macs

Software for PCs

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Accent & Diacritical Marks

The following accent shortcuts work with most applications and broswers, including Microsoft Word and Gmail.

Typing German accent marks on a Mac:

Umlaut  ä,  ö, ü Option + u, then the letter
Eszett ß Option + s
Quotation Marks «
»
Option + \
Option + Shift + \

Typing German accent marks on a PC:

Umlaut Ä
Ö
Ü
alt + 0196
alt + 0214
alt + 154
ä
ö
ü
alt + 0228
alt + 0246
alt + 0252
Eszett ß alt + 0223    
Quotation Marks «
»
alt + 174
alt + 175
   

Software for Macs

The Microsoft Office suite supports German spell check. You can set it as your default language in Office for Mac using these instructions.

Gmail also supports German spell check. To use this, click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Deutsch. You may still have correctly spelled words appear misspelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Preferences window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Software for PCs

The Microsoft Office suite supports German spell check. You can set it as your default language using these instructions.

Gmail also supports German spell check. To use this, click on the drop-down menu for spell check in an email and select Deutsch. You may still have correctly spelled words appear misspelled depending on your browser settings.

To change your browser language:

Firefox: In the Options window go to the Content tab and set the Language.

Chrome: Settings -> Advanced settings -> Languages

Setting Up Foreign Language Keyboards

Here are the LTS instructions for setting up a foreign language keyboard:

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