Typing Foreign Language Characters Using the [ALT] Key
For a fast and easy way to use Umlauts try the UMLAUT ASSISTANT toolbar at www.kagi.com/vfstudio/fantasy.htm. This toolbar
is especially useful when you use umlauts often. It is a little floating toolbar. You just click the character you want and it is automatically copied to the clipboard. Then just right click where you need it and select paste. It's much easier than remembering the "alt + ???" combinations. Windows users have access to a Character Map. Open Find and look for CHARMAP.EXE and put a shortcut on your desktop. If you have Win 98 or later you can put it on your task bar where it opens with a single click. You can check out all the different symbols of the different fonts and can either cut and paste them into your work or use the ALT + keypad which will show in a small window when you click on the character you want.
Extended Character Codes
Upper Case (hold down the [alt] key and use the numeric keypad to enter the number ... 'numbers lock' should be on)
ß ("ss") 0223
Lower Case (hold down the [alt] key and use the numeric keypad to enter the number)