Umlauts in lyrics

• Feb 25, 2024 - 13:23

Does anyone know if there is a way to include Umlauts in lyrics that are in German or any other language that uses them?
I'm writing lyrics in German and can't figure out how to get the umlaut in the words 'stärkt', 'prüfung', 'früchte' and 'kühnen'


In reply to by almondtheo

How did you write it in your question? Isn't that how it works in MuseScore?

And writing an 'ä', 'ö', 'ü' as 'ae', 'oe', 'ue' is also accepted by Germans.

Another possibility: Use "Extras -> Copy lyrics to clipboard", paste the lyrics into a text document (Notepad), attach it here and have it corrected by someone with a German keyboard (e.g. me :-)).

Or use this one: Ä Ö Ü and ä ö ü, sometimes ß is also necessary. Save the letters in a simple text document so that you can use them again and again as a copy template.

In reply to by almondtheo

If you're an English speaker, using Windows, and going to be typing text in German with any regularity, may I suggest you add "English (United States)--International" as one of your keyboard options:

Settings>>Time & language>>Language & region>>Options>>Installed Keyboards>>Add a keyboard.

It will allow you to type all the characters and diacritics (umlauts, etc.) in German, as well as French, Italian, Spanish, and the Nordic languages. You don't have to use it all the time, but you can toggle back and forth between it and your usual keyboard.

Here's a link to give some tips:

US-INTL won't provide some characters in Polish, Hungarian, Czech, etc., but there is a keyboard layout called Alt-Latin 2019, which will--however, it is not native to Windows and will require downloading.

And even Alt-Latin won't handle Turkish (that dotless "i").

"I'm writing lyrics in German and can't figure out how to get the umlaut..."

I have to work with a UK or US keyboard. While typing the lyric syllable press Shift+F2 to bring up the Special Characters palette. You'll find all the umlaut characters on the default Common Symbols tab.

Esc closes the Special Characters palette.

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