Ü ü | How to Type U with Dots On Keyboard (AKA ‘U’ Umlaut)


In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard shortcuts to type the U with Dots above. This symbol is officially called U with diaeresis or U Umlaut (Ü uppercase, ü lowercase)

Using the methods I’m about to teach you, you’ll be able to insert or type both the lowercase and uppercase U with Dots on top.

Before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you may also use the button below to copy and paste the U with Dots sign into your work for free.

However, if you just want to type this symbol on your keyboard, the actionable steps below will show you how.

U with Dots Above Quick Guide [Ü ü]

To type the U with Dots symbol, press down the Alt key and type 0220 or 0252 (i.e. U Umlaut Alt Codes) using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key. For Mac Users, press [OPTION] + [u], then u, on your keyboard.

These U umlaut shortcuts can work on any software such as in your browser, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, on both Windows and Mac.

The below table contains all the information you need to type the U with Dots Symbol on the keyboard for both Mac and Windows.

Symbol NameU Umlaut
CharactersÜ | ü
Alt Code0220 | 0252
Windows ShortcutAlt + 0220 | Alt + 0252
Mac Shortcut[OPTION] + [u], u

lowercase and uppercase u with dots alt codes

The quick guide above provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the U Umlaut symbols on both Windows and Mac.

For more details, below are some other methods you can also use to insert this symbol into your work, such as Word or Excel documents.

How to type U with Dots Symbol in Word/Excel

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing U with Dots Symbol or inserting symbols that do not have dedicated keys on the keyboard.

In this section, I will make available for you several methods you can use to type or insert the U Umlaut Sign on your PC, like in MS Office (i.e., Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) for both Mac and Windows users.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Using the U Umlaut Symbol Alt Code (For Windows Only)

The U with Dots (or U Umlaut Symbol) alt code is 0220 or 0252 for uppercase and lowercase, respectively.

Even though this Symbol has no dedicated key on the keyboard, you can still type it on the keyboard with the Alt code method. To do this, press and hold down the Alt key whilst pressing the U Umlaut Symbol Alt code (i.e., 0220 for Uppercase or 0252 for lowercase) using the numeric keypad.

lowercase and uppercase u with dots alt codes

This method works on Windows only. And your keyboard must also have a numeric keypad.

Below is a break-down of the steps you can use to type the U Umlaut Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need the U with Dots over it.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the U Umlaut Symbol’s alt code (0220 or 0252). You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, this method may not work for you. On some laptops, there’s a hidden numeric keypad which you can enable by pressing Fn+NmLk on the keyboard.
  • Release the Alt key after typing the U with Dots above Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.

This is how you may type this symbol in Word using the Alt Code method.

Using the U with Dots Symbol Shortcut (Mac and Windows)

For Mac users, the keyboard shortcut for the U with Dots Symbol is [OPTION] + [u], then a.

For Windows users, use the Alt Code method by pressing down the [Alt] key whilst typing the U Umlaut sign alt code which is 0220 or 0252. You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. Also, ensure that your Num Lock key is turned on.

Below is a breakdown of the U with Dots Symbol shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type the U with Dots above (Ü ü).
  • Now, on your keyboard, press [OPTION] + [u] simultaneously then press once on the ‘u’ letter key to insert the symbol.
lowercase and uppercase u with dots alt codes

Below is a breakdown of the U with Dots Symbol shortcut for Windows:

  • Place the insertion pointer at the desired location.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key
  • While pressing down the Alt key, type 0220 or 0252 using the numeric keypad to insert the symbol.
u with dots shortcut for Mac

These are the steps you may use to type U with Dots on top with shortcuts.

Copy and Paste U with Dots Sign (Ü ü)

Another easy way to get the U with Dots Symbol on any PC is to use my favorite method: copy and paste.

All you have to do is to copy the symbol from somewhere like a web page or the character map for windows users, and head over to where you need the symbol (say in Word or Excel), then hit Ctrl+V to paste.

Below is the symbol for you to copy and paste into your Word document. Just select it and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to Microsoft Word, place your insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.

Ü

ü

Alternatively, use the copy button at the beginning of this post.

For windows users, obey the following instructions to copy and paste the U with Dots above using the character map dialog box.

  • Click on the Start button and search for Character Map. The Character Map app will appear in the search results, click to open.
search for character map on windows
  • The Character Map dialog will appear. Click to check the Advanced view check-box to expand the dialog box for more advanced options.
Check the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog
  • On the advanced view, type U with diaeresis in the Search box.
  • You should now see the U Umlaut Symbol on the character map dialog. If you can’t see it, then you should look through the library of symbols to spot it. When found, double click it to select. Alternatively, click on the Select button.
How to copy and paste u with dots (or u umlaut)
  • After you select the symbol by double-clicking it, it should appear in the Character to copy: field, then click on the Copy button to copy the symbol.
  • Switch to your Microsoft Word or Excel document, place the insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.

This is how you may use the Character Map dialog to copy and paste any symbol on Windows PC.

Using insert Symbol dialog box (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The insert symbol dialog box is a library of symbols from where you can insert any symbol into your Word document with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Obey the following steps to insert the U with Dots above in Word or Excel using the insert symbol dialog box.

  • Open your Word/Excel/PowerPoint document.
  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you wish to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select the More Symbols button.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols
  • The Symbol dialog box will appear. In the Subset drop-down list, select Latin-1 Supplement to display symbols in this category which includes the U with Dots Symbol.
  • Select the symbol and click on the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on the symbol to insert it into your Word document.
how to insert u with dots (or u umlaut) in Word
  • Close the dialog.

The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you placed the insertion pointer.

These are the steps you may use to insert the U with Dots on top in Microsoft Word.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the U with Dots above in Microsoft Word.

Using the shortcuts for both Windows and Mac makes the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

Thank you very much for reading this blog.

Thank you

Abdulai Abarika

My name is Abdulai Abarika , and I am the person behind this blog. I am a lifelong learner that is constantly fascinated by technology. I believe that fundamentally, all computer users are typists. So, learning how to type was the first step I took when I first decided to learn about technology. This blog is about teaching you how to type the symbols or characters hidden on the keyboard.

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