Special Character Chart for German
Part 2: Typing German Characters on a PC or
Mac Using an English-Language Keyboard
|PART 2: CHARACTER CODES for GERMAN
Chart 1 > Chart 2
|For this German character, type...
Codes marked with an asterisk * may not display correctly in all browsers or with all fonts.
left angle quote
|0171||shift + \
right angle quote
|0187|| + \
|Some German publishers use the "left angle" quote as the close quote, and the "right angle" quote as the open quote, while others use them as shown above - «Wer weiß warum?»|
left lower quote
right quote 1
(used by focus,
Der Spiegel, etc.)
right quote 2
Engl. close quote)
html = €
Grad / degree sign
|More: Part One of this chart
Also see Optimize Your PC for German and
the related links below.
|Freeware Solution: Want to avoid the complicated PC numeric codes? Try this free DeKey application provided by a reader. More...|
HTML Hint: If you want to create a ü (u-umlaut) or the other German characters in HTML for your personal or other Web page, here's a tip. The HTML code for most German characters and symbols is usually the same as the PC keyboard Alt code (minus the zero). For example, to type an umlaut-u (ü) on the PC keyboard you press Alt+0252. To get the same character in HTML, you use this code: ü (you must end the code with a semicolon, as shown). In a Web browser this will produce ü. Some letters/symbols have both a letter code and a "word" code. The Ä, for example, can be typed in HTML as either Ä or as Ä. The pound sterling symbol (£) can be coded as £ or as £. You can easily convert the codes in the chart above to HTML by just dropping the zero.
Part One of This Chart
The first part of our Special Character Chart for German.
If you're still not sure which way to go on this issue, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for typing special characters on an English-language keyboard.
DeKey - Freeware
This little application makes your PC more like a Mac! Quickly type an ä (or other German characters) using Alt + a. It's a free download.
An article about some important differences in German versus English punctuation.
Can Your PC Speak German?
A detailed look at all the options for typing special German characters on an English-language keyboard.
Optimize Your PC for German
Helpful tips for Mac and Windows XP users - including German spell-checking in MS Word.
Computer Keyboards Abroad
Where the heck is the @ sign? German and other European computer keyboards, Internet cafés and computer terms in German.
Our annotated English-German glossary of computer terms.
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