[texworks] Message from TeXworks user

David J. Perry hospes.primus at verizon.net
Tue Feb 1 00:10:50 CET 2011

Ralf and Paul,

The alt method that Paul describes will work, but seems to be using the old 
ANSI numbers.  There are easier ways!  You should of course save the file as 
UTF-8, as Paul says.  I would also typeset with xelatex to take advantage of 
Unicode, which Win XP is built on:

% !TEX TS-program = xelatex

1) I am guessing from the German that appears in the configuration details 
that Ralf provided that his native language is German.  German computer 
keyboards, I believe, allow one to enter umlauted vowels directly, and this 
should work with no problem in TeXworks just as it does in Word or any other 
up to date software.  (It might not work in earlier, pre-Unicode TeX front 
ends.)  Other German speakers on this list will correct me if I'm wrong 
about this.

2) If I'm wrong about that, one can install the US-International keyboard in 
Windows, which provides easy access to many non-English characters; umlauts 
in this keyboard are accessed through the double-quote key.  But this can a 
bit messy for those who do not use American-style physical keyboards.

Use any font that comes with Windows in your editor; they all support 
Unicode nowadays.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul A Norman" <paul.a.norman at gmail.com>
To: "Discuss the TeXworks front end." <texworks at tug.org>
Sent: Monday, January 31, 2011 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: [texworks] Message from TeXworks user

Hi Ralf,

As you are under Windows — this solution will work in most editors set up
for windows including TeXworks. See
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codealt.html for
other informaton as well.

You need to makes sure that if you have changed your editor font that it
supports extended characters - which would be obvious if this does not work

Also generally you'll need to keep the utf-8 setting at the top of your
LaTeX document,

% !TEX TS-program = pdflatex
% !TEX encoding = UTF-8 Unicode

And be sure that the fonts you choose for output will supported the
characters that you need.

Test by trying this.

On your key board turn the Number Lock on to enable the numeric key pad for
numerals.  On some lap tops you may find a short cut key combination is
required instead or use an alternative method

Holding the Alt key down without release, type a numeric code like 0151 and
then release the Alt key. This should show the long hyhon.

Here is an  e    with an umlaut 0235

These numbers are normally the same as the { type configuration of you
have ever used html numeric entities.

Otherwise here is a list of the full swag -and there are nnn type codes as
well but the four-digit ones are pretty reliably available.

More information is available here (Mac):


If you require a limited range, it would be possible to set these up as
insertions in TeXworks scripts with keyboard shortcuts as well (might be
easier than remembering the numbers).

I Hope that this solves it for you :)


On 31 January 2011 07:33, Ralf Kalinowski 
<ralf.kalinowski at googlemail.com>wrote:

>  Hi,
> how can I show mutated vowels (umlaut) at the sourcetext of Texworks?
> Thanks for your help!
> Ralf
> ----- configuration info -----
> TeXworks version : 0.3r670 (MiKTeX 2.9)
> Install location : C:/Programme/MiKTeX
> 2.9(2)/miktex/bin/miktex-texworks.exe
> Library path     : C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\ralf\Lokale
> Einstellungen\Anwendungsdaten\MiKTeX\2.9\TeXworks\
> pdfTeX location  : C:/Programme/MiKTeX 2.9(2)/miktex/bin/pdftex.exe
> Operating system : Windows Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 
> 3
> (build 2600)
> Qt4 version      : 4.7.0 (build) / 4.7.0 (runtime)
> ------------------------------

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