The umlaut diacritic mark, also known as the diaeresis or trema, is made by two tiny dots over a letter. More often than not, you’ll see an umlaut mark over a vowel. For example, when it comes to the lowercase “i”, an umlaut mark (two dots) replaces the single dot normally seen. Umlaut marks are used in countless languages, such as German, Turkish and Estonian. The English language has even borrowed some words from these languages, and that’s why you may have noticed some English words with umlaut marks. For example, the word “naïve”.

You may have even noticed umlaut marks in various company names, such as Håagen-Daz. Umlaut marks are often used in English when it comes to foreign branding and advertisements. Though umlaut marks are commonly used in lowercase letters, you can find them on uppercase letters, as well. Considering how commonplace umlaut marks have become, you may want to learn how to type such marks on your Mac and PC.

Many professional documents may require precise markings. The process is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. In order to get started and learn how you can type umlaut marks on your Mac and PC, follow the simple instructions below.

Type Umlaut Marks on Your Mac

Apple prides itself on providing its users with ease, flexibility and convenience. If you own a Mac, you’re in luck, because typing umlaut marks couldn’t be any easier. The process only takes one second. That’s right, one second. In order to get started and learn how you can make umlaut marks, follow the simple instructions below.

1. On your keyboard, locate the letter you’d like to make an umlaut mark on.

2. Press and hold the option key, while typing the letter in order to make an umlaut mark. A small menu will pop up with various diacritic mark options.

That’s all it takes. You’ve now typed the letter of your choice, with an umlaut mark. As you can see the process was very simple and only took a moment of your time. You also have the option to view all umlaut mark options through the Character Viewer. The Character Viewer shows you all the special characters available on your Mac. You’ll discover much more than just umlaut characters. In order to get started and view the Character Viewer, follow the instructions below.

1. Open the text editor of your choice.

2. Click on Edit in the menu bar, towards the top left.

Emoji & Symbols

3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Emoji & Symbols.

4. Tap on the small rectangular icon towards the top right of the Emoji keyboard.

special characters

You’ve now accessed the Character Viewer. Feel free to explore all the special characters you can type on your Mac. You may even be surprised to discover many special characters that have nothing to do with umlaut marks. You can type these special characters in any text field. Please note that if certain text fields require sensitive information such as passwords, you won’t be able to type certain special characters.

Type Umlaut Characters on Your PC

You can type umlaut characters on your PC through use of something called the character map. The process is very easy to carry out, and only requires a few moments of your time. In order to get started and open the character map to type umlaut characters, follow the simple instructions below.

1. Press Win + R in order to open the Run dialog box.

2. Type in charmap in the dialog box.

Characters to copy

3. Double-click or double-tap on the characters that you’d like to copy, in order to ensure that they’re written in the Characters to copy section towards the bottom of the screen.

4. Use the Copy button to copy the aforementioned characters.

5. Press control + V in order to paste the characters you copied.

It’s as simple as that. Through a simple copy and paste method you’ve now typed the umlaut characters of your choice. As you can see the process was very simple to carry out, and only required a few moments of your time.