Norwegian lettters on an English keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DIB1952, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. DIB1952 macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    I am appalled at the price of mac books etc in Norway and are looking at alternative purchasing options. I already can save a packet by buying in my native country England but there is one drawback.Although most of my document writing is in English there are rare occasions where I need to write in Norwegian (I am resident in Norway). All very well you may say - what's the big deal? The big deal is quite simply that the Norwegian language has 3 letters not found in the English language (å/æ/ø) and hence not to be found on a regular English/American English keyboard. Is there a simple relatively cheap way to get my intended English Mac book keyboard to write these 3 Norwegian alphabet letters?

    Await any responses with interest - thanks :)
  2. Allanist macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2007
    I don't have US/english keyboard to try, but I think alt-a=å, alt-o=ø, alt-'=æ.
    I also think that if you choose norwegian layout from System Preferences, it will work just fine, except the keys don't have correct labels.
  3. DIB1952 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    Thanks a lot. I will give your suggestion a try on an English keyboard. You might have just saved me a large sum of money. :):):)
  4. nightelf macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2003
    I can confirm that those key-combinations work on my US English MBP.

    You don't need to change the layout of your keyboard, just type them.
  5. DIB1952 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2007
    Thanks for your help. It seems to be getting by the minute :):):)
  6. pixelbaker macrumors member


    Aug 21, 2006
    if that's too cumbersome messing with alt-keys etc... maybe just buy a norwegian alphabet keyboard and hook it up via USB?
  7. irene barker macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2009
    Norwegian Alphabet.

    i tryed what you said to do to get the three norwegian letters to work on the english keyboard, but it woulod not work
    could you exsplain that procedure a little better.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you know the Norwegian keyboard by heart, you can just remap the keyboard in the International section where you choose the input language.
  9. pesc macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2006
    Sorry, I have a Swedish system and I don't know the english terms in the menus, but I'll try to explain anyway...

    Go to System Preferences. Choose International.
    Click on the third tab (Input data menu?).

    Check the second box for showing the keyboard menu.

    Now you will have a new menu on the top of your screen. With a flag?

    In this menu you have an option to show the keyboard on the screen.

    The orange keys shown are combining keys. Press one to see how the normal keys change.

    Press the ALT and/or SHIFT key to see what letters you get.
  10. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    On my Dutch keyboard the keyboard combinations are:

    alt-a = å
    alt-o = ø
    alt-' = æ

    And other combinations are possible as well, like:

    alt-u, then e, o, i, etc = ë, ö, ï, etc
    alt-i, then e, o, i, etc = ê, ô, î, etc
    alt-e, then e, o, i, etc = é, ó, í, etc
    alt-`, then e, o, i, etc = è, ò, ì, etc
    alt-c = ç
    alt-n, then n = ñ
    alt-m = µ
    alt-x = ≈
    alt-s = ß
    alt-d = ∂
    alt-f = ƒ

    etcetera etcetera...

    And this is usefull as well:

    Attached Files:

  11. alexanter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009
    you can buy the mbp with english keyboard and then buy an external wireless one with the Norwegian characters from the apple store uk.
  12. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    I have a US keyboard and I'm quite often writing in French. I have a really cool widget which shows me all the shortcuts for inserting special characters. I'll tell you the name when I'm back home.

  13. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Characterpal, perhaps?

    I find the keyboard shortcuts pretty easy to use though.
  14. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Yep that the one. I also remember the ones I use often quite well but since I also write sometimes in German and Czech, I can have a look at glance an the ones that I don't know ;)

  15. poozer115 macrumors regular


    Oct 11, 2008
    While we're on the topic I can get accent agu and accent grave to work, but circumflex never works (french accents here). Anyone know the key comb for circumflex? (in case you dont know, it's the a with the little hat on top)
  16. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    see my reply 5 posts up....

    alt-i, then a --> â

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