How to Use German Letters in PowerPoint

By Ryan Menezes

Use proper German for an über-professional presentation.
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The German language contains four letters that do not appear in the 26-letter English alphabet. These are the consonant "ß" and three vowels with umlauts — ä, ö and ü. Though you can find none of these letters on a standard keyboard, Microsoft PowerPoint supports them as an extension of its library of basic Latin symbols. If you need to deliver a business presentation in German, or include German words in an otherwise English presentation, add German letters through PowerPoint's Symbol dialog box.

Open PowerPoint. Click a text box and place the cursor where you want to insert the German letter.

Click "Insert" on the PowerPoint ribbon.

Click "Symbol" in the Symbols group to open the Symbol dialog box.

Click the "Subset" drop-down box and select "Latin-1 Supplement."

Double-click a German letter to insert it onto the slide.


If you need to type an extended block of text with many German letters, consider typing it in Word and later transferring it to PowerPoint. Word supports keyboard shortcuts for German letters. Press "Ctrl-Shift-:" and then press "A," "O" or "U" to type "Ä," "Ö" and "Ü," and type "Ctrl-Shift-&" and then press "S" to type "ß."