Norway: Typing Æ, Ø, and Å

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Instructions for typing theNorwegian letters Æ, Ø, and Å in Windows and Mac OS (including Mac OS 10.7/Lion for desktop and laptop computers and iOS for iPods and iPads )


There are a few options to type the Norwegian letters Æ, Ø, and Å into a program such as PAF, Temple Ready, a search field of a database, a word processing document or your e-mail.

You can:

  • Activate the Norwegian Keyboard (for all Microsoft operating systems).
  • Use the 10 pad, while holding down the Alt key and typing a code (for all Microsoft operating systems).
  • Copy and paste the Norwegian letters Æ, Ø, and Å from another document that already has them.
    Here are the instructions for all three methods

1. Activate theNorwegian Keyboard for Windows XP
1.1. Using the Norwegian Keyboard in Windows
2. Type the Æ, Ø, and Å using the 10 key pad and the Alt key.
3. Copy and paste the Æ, Ø, and Å from another document
4. Mac OS - Classical Method
5. Mac OS X 10.7 and iOS

1. Activate the Norwegian Keyboard for Windows XP
a) Go to Start
b) Choose Settings
c) Choose Control Panel
d) Double Click Regional and Language Options
In the window that opens, you will see 3 tabs. Choose Languages
e) This opens Text Services and input languages, click on Details…
f) This opens another window titled: Text Services and Input Languages, click on Add…
g) This opens Add Input Language, click on drop down window for the field Input language: Scroll down and click on Norwegian and click OK
h) Click Apply, and then OK
i) 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.
j) Close the Control Panel

1.1 Using the Norwegian Keyboard in Windows
a) After activating the Norwegian keyboard, you should see a little icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen that appears as an EN.

b) When you click on the EN a pop up list appears with the option of choosing English or Norwegian. Choose Norwegian. Now the EN icon has changed to No

c) As long as the little icon shows no, you are using a Norwegian keyboard. The Norwegian keyboard provides the Æ, Ø, and Å as follows:

Æ is the (or;: ) key
Ø 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 Norwegian keyboard is activated, other keys have been rearranged as well.

2. Type the Æ, Ø, and Å using the 10 key pad and the Alt key.
When you want to type a Norwegian letter hold down the Alt key and type a code into the 10 key pad. Once you release the Alt key, the letter will appear. The codes are:

Æ is 146
æ is 145
Ø is 0216
ø is 0248
Å is 143
å is 134

If you are using a laptop which does not have a numeric keypad, you can use the Fn (function) key with the Alt key to access these special characters. The actions of the function key are usually below the main key action (e.g. under the J key on my keyboard is a number 1) and may also be in a different color. The keys used for numeric entries are usually as follows: M = 0, J = 1, K = 2, L = 3, U = 4, I = 5, O = 6, 7 = 7, 8 = 8, and 9 = 9. For example, to enter the Æ character, hold down both the Fn key and the Alt key, then type each key in sequence: J, then U, then O; when you release the Fn and Alt keys, the Æ character will appear in your text entry box.

3. Copy and paste the Æ, Ø, and Å from another document
a) 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).

b) Move your 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).

c) These characters are also in many of the fonts found in the Character Map (Start/All Programs/Accessories/Character Map) and can be selected, copied and pasted as above.

4. Mac OS - Classical Method

To add an umlaut to any vowel that can have one:

1. Hold down the Option key, and type a u (the letter u).
2. Let go of the keys (don't hold them down for step 3).
3. Type the vowel over which you want the umlaut to appear, as either upper case or lower case.

To type the three extra Norwegian vowels, simultaneousely press the following key combinations:

Option+A = å
Shift+Option+A = Å

Option+' (apostrophe key) = æ
Shift+Option+' = Æ

Option+O = ø
Shift+Option+O = Ø

5. Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and iOS (iPods and iPads)

The classical method still works, however a new method has been introduced in these operating systems.

To type any international character, incuding umlauted vowels and the three extra Norwegian vowels, simply press and hold the keyboard letter most similar to the letter wanted. A pop-up menu will appear with a list of alternate characters. Click on the desired character and it will be inserted. On devices with physical keyboards, a small number appears below the characters. Typing the appropriate number will also insert the character.
For example, upon pressing and holding the "a" key for a second or two, the list " à á â ä æ ã å ā " appears and the variety of "a" needed can be clicked on. For captial letters, press and hold the shift key and the desired base letter.