How to Get Umlauts in Word 2007

By Lily Medina

Umlauts appear as two small dots directly above a vowel and denote a different pronunciation than usual for the vowel. Some specialty keyboards have an umlaut key that easily adds this special character as you type, but standard English keyboards don't include it. Microsoft Word 2007 contains vowels with umlauts, also called diaereses, in its Symbols menu; it also offers a keyboard shortcut, which shifts a normal colon onto its side and places it on top of any letter.

Manual Insertion

Step 1

Click the "Insert" tab.

Step 2

Click the "Symbol" button on the far right of the ribbon.

Step 3

Click "More Symbols" at the bottom of the drop-down Symbol menu to open the Symbols dialog box.

Step 4

Click the arrow next to the Font field and select "(normal text)" from the drop-down menu.

Step 5

Click the arrow next to the "Subset" field and select "Latin-1 Supplement" from the drop-down menu.

Step 6

Scroll down a bit by clicking the downward arrow on the scroll bar, on the right side of the symbols.

Step 7

Click on the letter with umlauts that you want to insert into your document. Word calls the umlaut a diaeresis. If you click the capital "A" with umlaut, for example, Word presents its title as "Latin Capital Letter A With Diaeresis."

Step 8

Click the "Insert" button at the bottom of the dialog box.

Step 9

Click the "Close" button at the bottom of the dialog box.

Keyboard Shortcut

Step 1

Press the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard; while holding it down, press the "Shift" key as well; while holding both those keys down, also press the ":" (colon) key.

Step 2

Release the keys.

Step 3

Type the letter that you want to display the umlauts.