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In macOS, I can't type characters like ü and ö. How to enter these characters in macOS?

Appreciate if someone can suggest me how to do this.

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While the long click works, specifically for the characters ü and ö in macOS you can click Option+U for umlaut, then type the key you want to have an umlaut. This was done on a macOS U.S. English keyboard.

  • For ä, click Option+U and then click A.
  • For ë, click Option+U and then click E.
  • For ï, click Option+U and then click I.
  • For ö, click Option+U and then click O.
  • For ü, click Option+U and then click U.
  • For ÿ, click Option+U and then click Y.

This works for uppercase as well as lowercase characters and there are other similar items such as:

This guide for “Using Symbols and Diacritical Marks on macOS” from Reed College seems like a pretty good reference:

Diacritical Name Appearance Key Command
Acute á, é, í Option+e, then the letter you wish to accent.
Grave è, à, ù Option+`, then the letter you wish to accent.
Tilde ñ Ñ Option+n, then the letter you wish to accent.
Circumflex ê Ê Option+i, then the letter you wish to accent.
Umlaut ä Ä ö Ö ü Ü Option+u, then the letter you wish to accent.
Cedilla ç Ç Option+c or C
Inverted Question Mark ¿ Option+?
Inverted Exclamation Mark ¡ Option+1
Esszet ß Option+s
Pound £ Option+3
Cents ¢ Option+4
Pilcrow (paragraph) Option+7
Section § Option+6
Degree º Option+0
Copyright © Option+g
Delta Option+j
Bullet Option+8
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    Great answer! +1
    – My Car
    Oct 1 at 2:24
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    Can you take a look at this question: superuser.com/questions/1745269/…
    – My Car
    Oct 1 at 3:26
  • @MyCar I looked at it. Looks fine. Nothing new to add. Oct 1 at 3:27
  • I wish there were more examples of special characters, not just ∞ and º
    – My Car
    Oct 1 at 3:29
  • I said "like ∞, ˚" in the title
    – My Car
    Oct 1 at 3:31
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Just long press u on the keyboard and it will display something like this:

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Then, press 2(mine is 2, maybe yours is 1, 3, etc.) on the keyboard and ü will appear.

To enter ö, just do the same thing: long press o on your keyboard, then press 2(mine is 2, maybe yours is 1, 3, etc.).

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