Writing in German: Keyboard Shortcuts

Want to type in another language but you love your US keyboard layout?

Fear not. In Linux, this power is acquired as follows:

System Preferences -> Keyboard Layout
Click Options (bottom right-hand corner)
Expand Compose key position
Check Right Ctrl is Compose

Now that we have a functional compose key, we can utilize it to combine characters (sequentially). You now have the power to combine multitudes of characters; this is a German tutorial, so I’ll cover ß, ä, ü, and ö.

ß = RCtrl -> s -> s

This procedure imposes an umlaut on a, o and u:

ä = RCtrl -> " -> a

Tschüß und Happy Hacking!

Written on November 1, 2013