Apple launched their new desktop operating system, OS X Lion, last week and there is now an even easier way to add an umlaut on an US keyboard. In their previous OS’s, it really wasn’t too difficult. To type an umlaut, all you had to do was hold down the option key + the letter U, then the actual letter you want to have with an umlaut. It was much easier than remembering all the different number codes required on Windows.
Now in OS X Lion, if you want to type a O with an umlaut, just push and hold down the letter O on your keyboard and a popover will appear with the different accented characters available for that letter. You can then select the letter by clicking on it with your cursor or by hitting the corresponding number on your keyboard’s number pad. The same thing can be done with the ß.
This is one of the prime examples of Apple making things that we thought were easy even easier. But it is still good to know the previous method, as some older applications may need to be updated to support this shortcut. If you want to know the codes for the previous way or the shortcuts for Windows, download our free chart here.
As a side note, Apple’s iOS for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad have this feature as well 😀