Sweden Typing the letters Å, Ä, and Ö

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Typing the letters Å, Ä, and Ö


Swedish has all the letters of the English alphabet plus three extra ones, they are the letters Å, Ä, and Ö. These three letters are considered as separate letters and not letters with diacritical marks. They come in alphabetical order after the letter Z. There are multiple ways to type these letters Å, Ä, and Ö into a program. Read through this page to find which method works best for you. Then use that method to type them into any computer program such as a word processing document, a search field on your internet browser or your e-mail.

From the Contents shown below:

  • The first three items apply to all Mac operating systems.
  • The last three items apply to all Windows operating systems.


Use the Option Key - Mac

To get the umlaut above the letter Ä or the letter Ö:

  1. Hold down the Option key, and type u (the letter u for umlaut).
  2. Let go of the Option key (do not hold it down for the next step).
  3. Type the vowel over the letter you want the umlaut to appear.

Examples:

  • Option + u, then a = ä
  • Option + u, then Shift + A = Ä
  • Option + u, then o = ö
  • Option + u, then Shift + O = Ö


To get the overring above the letter Å or the slash thru the letter Ø:

  1. Hold down the Option key and type the letter

Examples:

  • Option+a = å
  • Option+Shift+A = Å
  • Option + o = ø
  • Option + Shift + O = Ø


Copy and paste the Å, Ä, and Ö from another document that already has them - Mac and Windows

  1. This can be done by highlighting the letter, then with the mouse pointer on the highlighted text, do a right click on the mouse and choose copy (or hold down the Ctrl key while you type the letter c).
  2. Move you mouse pointer to the location you want to paste. Click one time so the location curser is active. Right click on the mouse and choose paste (or hold down the Crtl key while you type the letter v).


Type the Å, Ä, Ö and ß using the 10 key pad and the Alt key - Mac and Windows

Hold down the Alt key and type a number. Once you release the Alt key, the letter will appear. The Alt key is known as the Option key on a Macintosh.
Example codes are:

  • Alt + 134 = å
  • Alt + 143 = Å


  • Alt + 132 = ä
  • Alt + 142 = Ä


  • Alt + 148 = ö
  • Alt + 153 = Ö


  • Alt + 225 = ß


Using the Swedish Keyboard - Windows

  1. After activating the Swedish keyboard, you should see a little icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen that appears as an EN.
  2. When you click on the EN a pop up list appears with the option of choosing English or Swedish. Choose Swedish. Now the EN icon has changed to SV.
  3. As long as the little icon shows SV, you are using a Swedish keyboard. The Swedish keyboard provides the Å, Ä, and Ö as follows:
• Ä is the (or ) key
• Å is the [ (or { ) key
• Ö is the (or : ) key

You can type the upper case or lower case of each letter by using holding down the Shift key as usual. While the Swedish keyboard is activated, other keys have been rearranged as well.

For Windows 10

Click on the following:

  1. The Windows icon (lower left screen)
  2. Settings (it's the sprocket icon)
  3. Time & Language
  4. Region & Language
  5. Add a language
  6. Click on Swedish

Using the Swedish Keyboard in Windows

  1. After activating the Swedish keyboard, you should see a little icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen that appears as an EN.
  2. When you click on the EN a pop up list appears with the option of choosing English or Swedish. Choose Swedish. Now the EN icon has changed to SWE
  3. As long as the little icon shows SWE, you are using a Swedish keyboard. The Swedish keyboard provides the Å, Ä, and Ö as follows:
  • Ö is the ; (or : ) key
  • Ä is the ‘ (or “ ) key
  • Å is the [ (or { ) key

You can type the upper case or lower case of each letter by using holding down the Shift key as usual. While the Swedish keyboard is activated, other have been rearranged as well.

For Windows 7

  1. Go to Start (the Windows symbol in the lower left corner of the screen)
  2. Choose Control Panel
  3. Choose Clock, Language, and Region
  4. Under Region and Language, click on Change keyboards or other input methods
  5. Once it opens, you should be on the Keyboards and Languages tab. Click on Change keyboards...
  6. This opens another window titled: Text Services and Input Languages, click on Add…
  7. Scroll down and click on the + symbol next to Swedish. Then click on the + symbol next to the word keboard. Then click in the little empty box next to Swedish. This should create a check mark in the box.
  8. Click OK
  9. Click Apply and OK again
  10. Click OK again
  11. Close the Control Panel box

For Windows XP

  1. Go to Start
  2. Choose Settings
  3. Choose Control Panel
  4. Double Click Regional and Language Options In the window that opens, you will see 3 tabs. Choose Languages
  5. This opens Text Services and input languages, click on Details…
  6. This opens another window titled: Text Services and Input Languages, click on Add…
  7. This opens Add Input Language, click on drop down window for the field Input language: Scroll down and click on Swedish and click OK
  8. Click Apply, and then OK
  9. Click Apply and OK again You might get a message saying that you need to put your Windows XP installation CD into the CD drive to install the file.
  10. Close the Control Panel