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How do I set a å on my keyboard?
Thread poster: Louise Mawbey
Louise Mawbey  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:32
German to English
Nov 11, 2005

We've just moved to Sweden and my address has the Swedish å in it. However it is not on my German keyboard and I was wondering whether there is a way to add the å to the keyboard so I don't have to copy and paste from Word every time I write my address.

Thanks in advance,


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Mats Wiman  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:32
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Use the ALT list Nov 11, 2005

Here is some help:

ALT characters
Table 850

å = ALT+134 (SWE+DAN+NOR)
ä = ALT+132 (SWE+DEU)
Ä = ALT+142 (SWE+DEU)
ö = ALT+148 (SWE+DEU)
ü = ALT+129 (SWE+DEU)
Ü = ALT+154 (SWE+DEU)
ß = ALT+225 (DEU)

Ç = ALT+128 (fra)
ç = ALT+135 (fra)
é = ALT+130 (fra)
É = ALT+144 (fra)
è = ALT+138 (fra)
È = ALT+212 (fra)
ê = ALT+136 (fra)
Ê = ALT+210 (fra)
ë = ALT+137 (fra)
Ë = ALT+211 (fra)
à = ALT+133 (fra)
â = ALT+131 (fra)
î = ALT+140 (fra)
Î = ALT+215 (fra)
ï = ALT+139 (fra)
Ï = ALT+216 (fra)
" = ALT+174 (fra)
" = ALT+175 (fra)
æ = ALT+145 (DAN+NOR)
Æ = ALT+146 (DAN+NOR)
ø = ALT+155 (DAN+NOR)
Ø = ALT+157 (DAN+NOR)
í = ALT+161 (esl)
Í = ALT+214 (esl)
ñ = ALT+164 (esl)
Ñ = ALT+165 (esl)
ó = ALT+162 (esl)
Ó = ALT+224 (esl)
¿ = ALT+168 (esl)
¡ = ALT+173 (esl)
$ = ALT+36
£ = ALT+156
¥ = ALT+190
@ = ALT+64
ð = ALT+208
þ = ALT+231
µ = ALT+230 (=micro-)
± = ALT+241
º = ALT+167
° = ALT+248
² = ALT+253
³ = ALT+252
{ = ALT+123
} = ALT+125
[ = ALT+91
] = ALT+93
\ = ALT+92
§ = ALT+245
# = ALT+35
1/2= ALT+171
1/4= ALT+172
3/4= ALT+243
(c)= ALT+184
(r)= ALT+169

4-digit characters:
œ = ALT+0156 (fra)
Π= ALT+0140 (fra)
• = ALT+0149 (big bullet)

Best regards

Mats J C Wiman
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( moderator, deu>swe, Swedish)
Träsk 201
SE-872 97 Skog
Tel:+46-612-54112 Fax:+46-612-54181 Mobile:+46-70-5769797
SKYPE: MatsWiman

[Edited at 2005-11-11 16:08]

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Sven Petersson  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:32
English to Swedish
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Office XP/2000 Add-in: Microsoft Visual Keyboard Nov 11, 2005

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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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If you often use Word: set shortcuts for special characters Nov 11, 2005

In addition to Mats' splendid list, if you often need the å or Å in Word environment, you can of course also set shortcuts, e.g. Alt+q for å and Alt+w for Å (or whatever you'd like, as long as it isn't occupied by other important characters, like Alt Gr+q = @)

However, this only works in Word, so for all other applications you would still need the Alt + number according to the list above.

Another option would be the language setting for the keyboard, but in that case you would have to get used to Y>Z and Z>Y because these are switched if you compare a German keyboard with all other types. I once tried to switch my German keyboard into Swedish but had to go back after a couple of hourse short before I went insane

BTW, it would be good to know why this hasn't been standardized in the whole world.


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[Edited at 2005-11-11 18:48]

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Louise Mawbey  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:32
German to English
Thanks Nov 15, 2005

Thanks to everyone for their help and ideas. I'll have a play about and see which one I like working with best.

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Holger Gremminger
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Addition to "If you use it often" Nov 17, 2005

I bought an additional Swedish USB-keyboard. Works great.

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Yngve Roennike  Identity Verified
Local time: 15:32
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Use autocorrect option in Word or similar in other apps. Nov 18, 2005

Rather than some of the arcanery above, have Word replace automatically, e.g., ao or aa with å, ae with ä, and oe with ö. Remember to put a space before this letter combination. Use Alt T plus A. You can regret or redo by pressing Alt plus Z should the combination occur by happenstance. Use Alt I plus S to find the appropriate characters. If you use these characters often they will be located in the recently used symbols, or you could simply switch to the Swedish keyboard in Windows.

[Edited at 2005-11-18 06:33]

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