How to Make an Umlaut on Facebook

By Jason Artman

The umlaut is a set of two dots that appear above a letter. This symbol is used when typing certain languages such as German and in the names of rock groups such as Motörhead. Although the United States keyboard does not have keys for typing letters with umlauts, you can enter them in a message on Facebook or any application that you can compose text in by typing a short code on your keyboard.

Step 1

Push and hold the "Alt" key on the left side of the keyboard after placing the cursor where you want the letter with an umlaut to appear. If you have no numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard, hold the "Fn" key as well.

Step 2

Type the string "129" on the numeric keypad to create a lower-case "u" with an umlaut (ü). On a keyboard without a numeric keypad, use the keys with numbers printed in blue.

Step 3

Type the string "132" to create a lower-case "a" with an umlaut (ä).

Step 4

Type the string "137" to create a lower-case "e" with an umlaut (ë).

Step 5

Type the string "139" to create a lower-case "i" with an umlaut (ï).

Step 6

Type the string "142" to create an upper-case "a" with an umlaut (Ä).

Step 7

Type the string "148" to create a lower-case "o" with an umlaut (ö).

Step 8

Type the string "152" to create a lower-case "y" with an umlaut (ÿ).

Step 9

Type the string "153" to create an upper-case "o" with an umlaut (--).

Step 10

Type the string "154" to create an upper-case "u" with an umlaut (Ü).

Step 11

Release the "Alt" and "Fn" keys to create the desired character.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the steps in this article do not work for you, push your keyboard's "Num Lock" key to engage the number lock and try again.

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