I want to type German special characters like ü/ä/ö using a US keyboard.

In all other programs I can just press the character 'u' wait for a second and then select the special character 'ü' on a popup. Unfortunately, this doesn't work in TeXstudio. I even selected the option "Disable work-around on accent typing (Mac only) in the preference of TeXstudio. But it still doesn't work. I assume it's a bug.

My workaround so far is to use "u for ü, but this messes up the spelling correction.

Does anybody know how to get the usual Apple keyboard popup?


2 Answers 2


To type umlauts the following keyboard shortcut works: alt+u and afterwards u,a,o,U,A or O to get your desired umlaut.

Personally I find this inconvenient, so I remapped the umlauts to alt+u = ü etc.

Remapping can for example be done via https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/


You can do it using

Umlaute: \"u \"a \"o \"A \"O \"U

leading to enter image description here

  • yes but this screws up the spelling checker.
    – siva
    Apr 24, 2018 at 15:32
  • Then I can't help you as I am not using Mac.
    – Shade
    Apr 25, 2018 at 8:34

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