German Alphabet Special Characters

List of Alt Codes for special letters(umlaut, eszett) in the German alphabet. Learn how to type German special letters by using their Alt Codes.

LetterLetter TypeAlt Code
ÄUppercase Umlaut (A)0196
ÖUppercase Umlaut (O)0214
ÜUppercase Umlaut (U)0220
ßEszett (ss)0223
äLowercase Umlaut (a)0228
öLowercase Umlaut (o)0246
üLowercase Umlaut (u)0252

How to type special German letters by using their Alt Codes?

  • Make sure you switch on the NumLock,
  • press and hold down the Alt key,
  • type the Alt Code value of the special German letter, for example, for eszett, type 0223 on the numeric pad,
  • release the Alt key and you got ß.

*You must type, preceding 0.

** Above mentioned procedure is not aplicable for MacOS.

For more information on how to use charecters, symbols, and emojis please check our How to use Alt-Codes? page.

Recent Comments

Klaus 2019-06-14 04:35:59

For street names and book titles with only majuscles there is a rather new capitalized Eszett (ß), which is thicker: ẞ. The Unicode position is U+1E9E, the decimal code 7838 or ẞ in HTML.

ß✪✪ 2019-05-22 10:45:12

i,m a ツ booss

Grummel 2018-12-10 04:54:48

Maße and Masse are not the same! Figure out! Have fun!

The only german letters here are ä, ö, ü, or as capital letters, the rest is other than german!


Chong 2018-10-31 01:38:46

It's great when i'm doing somethinng about closed caption.

Babylyn 2018-10-27 09:31:15

Just try

OLOK 2018-08-23 00:23:59


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Heinz Voß 2018-03-30 18:04:02

All right children, now, pull urselves together, the ß (Big B) is in my last name,so, if I was in Germany, why wouldn't I use it?
Correct, I would use it every chance I had, because its my heritage, the only Fatherland on the Planet.
Now, because the Brits & the Amis aren't exactly, ehm, OK, lemmi rephrase that: "Some Nations in Leadership Positions are challenged, with regard to the Alphabet, we're Germans, we accommodate,double s is just fine - Y PUNTO!

di 2018-03-23 05:42:52

@dorothea that is incorrect

jand w 2017-12-17 21:53:13

is there any reason i can't use these symbols in an extra-secure password?

thanks for the info on this site--very helpful and new to me!

Wiedokind 2017-11-29 12:03:10

Thats actually not correct.
In print the ß is used.
The only time it is replaced (officially) by SS is when it is used as capial letter as there was no capital form of ß.
Interestingly recetly a capital form was introduced.

Justin Trudeau 2017-11-10 10:04:28

you have been helping me typing and doing symbols

J. S. Bach 2017-08-21 19:14:56

The "ß" is/was used on traffic signs with "Einbahnstraße" "one way street".

Gerda 2017-04-18 05:03:12

Do these German alphabet characters only work with Microsoft Word, or also with the OpenOffice program?

Dorothea 2017-04-17 18:57:19

In German print you never use the so called "sz",( the one that looks like a "B"); it is only used in handwriting. In print the "sz" is always replaced by double "s" i.e. ss.

LUMOS-NOX 2016-11-22 19:30:02


Person 2016-10-18 21:16:31

Only the äÄ üÜ öÖ and ß are German. The rest are other languages. Helpful though! Danke für da!

i don't know 2016-09-14 15:08:01

thank you so much for making this!

axyl 2016-04-09 04:18:40

what is name axy

Random 2016-03-19 02:27:38

Awesome I go to german school and use a translator for my homework and before this I had no idea how to do the special characters. Thanks!!! :)

Roland 2016-03-04 16:39:44

c with a v over it. Slavic

R 2016-01-25 19:49:45

I wish I could make a European number 7 with the crossbow

Your Name 2015-10-26 13:08:49

No, we do not use the ø/Ø in sweden, such weird symbols only norwgians and danish people'll use ...

SC PL 2015-10-23 14:24:05

Here you have a Polish one:

ę ó ą ś ł ż ź ć ń

Anonymous Coward 2015-08-03 00:36:42

The ones you need for German are Ä Ö Ü ä ö ü ß and they're a lot easier to type if you activate the US International keyboard layout, if it isn't the default layout already.

Type umlauts by first typing " and then the letter. Type ß by holding AltGr and typing an s.

Some guy 2015-04-07 07:41:52

On most phones, you can hold the corresponding letter and a small menu with the accented characters will appear.

Jalia 2015-04-02 10:07:49

How do you do these on a Android phone?

Jordan DeBono 2015-01-30 08:40:35

Who cares if extra alt-codes are given? All the better if anything. I came here and found exactly what I was looking for, so thanks!

№ Name 2015-01-05 14:19:54

That's a great List ,but in german there are only : Ä Ö Ü ä ö ü and the ß

ğ , ë , ø , ş , ÿ , å , æ and the big/tall letters of them are in other languages ,like turkish,norwegian and swedisch

Sorry for my bad english ,i'm german ,thanks | Danke

Chris 2014-11-05 12:39:02

They plug in other Germanic language codes here as well, for example, Norwegian/Swedish uses ø/Ø

Richard Norwood 2014-09-25 17:47:02

I'm grateful for these, but I haven't actually seen most of them in print in German, including 134, 0240, 0248, 0254, 152, 143, 0208, 0216, 0222.
Thank you.

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