How to Create an Eszet Using Computer Keyboard

The Eszett, or ß, is a German character that represents an "ss" or "sharp s" sound in the German language. It is generally accepted that ß is a ligature that combines the letters f and z together. Today, the letter is still used in German spoken in Germany and Austria, among other places, but German-speaking countries such as Switzerland and Liechtenstein have reformed the language to abolish ß with the letters "ss." Since ß is still used in Germany, it is useful to know how to type the letter quickly using both Windows and Mac OS X operating systems.

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Windows

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Press down the "alt" key.

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Press in the numbers "225" or "0223" on the keypad with the alt key held.

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Release the "alt" key and the letter ß should appear.

Mac OS X

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Press down the "option" key.

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Press the letter "s."

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Release the "option" key and continue typing, with the ß letter appearing where the cursor was.