Type German Letters with ASCII Code

There is an easy way to write the German characters ä ö ü and ß on a non-German keyboard: Press NUM on the number pad of your keyboard 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.

Use the ASCII codes in the following table for the other German letters.

ALT + 132

ALT + 142

ALT + 148

ALT + 153

ALT + 129

ALT + 154

ALT + 225

for

for

for

for

for

for

for

ä

Ä

ö

Ö

ü

Ü

ß

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 not available 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 is written as gross.

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