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?


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 '18 at 15:32
  • Then I can't help you as I am not using Mac. – Shade Apr 25 '18 at 8:34

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