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I am studying classical Chinese and when I try to type in any words that require the ü it just randomly chooses a character.

How do I use the Traditional pinyin entry method on a Mac and get the the ü?


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Type "v" instead of "u". – Stumpy Joe Pete Apr 17 '13 at 2:32
Does the Mac have similar alt+xxx combos as in Windows? – deutschZuid Apr 17 '13 at 3:45
@deutschZuid He's asking about entering it in a pinyin IME. If you actually want to type a ü on a mac, you just hold down u really long until a menu comes up with various u's with accents. – Stumpy Joe Pete Apr 17 '13 at 5:45
@StumpyJoePete Ah thanks. I didn't know that (never been much of a Mac user). – deutschZuid Apr 17 '13 at 6:29
For anone interested, on Windows it's ALT-0252 for ü or ALT-0220 for Ü – Cocowalla Apr 17 '13 at 7:18
up vote 6 down vote accepted

The OP is asking how to type characters, using a pinyin IME, when those characters have a ü in their pinyin spelling. For example, how do you type 绿=? This is different than asking how to actually type the letter ü. The answer is to type a v. To follow the example, change to the pinyin IME, type lv and select 绿.

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Apologies for taking so long to acknowledge this. Typing the 'v' works perfectly. Thanks. – fmz May 17 '13 at 1:58

Type option-u then u on a Mac.

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This works for English or European language input, but it does not work with the Chinese language input. – fmz Apr 18 '13 at 1:31
Oh I thought you meant when typing pinyin for itself -- ie not to get Chinese in the end but to show pinyin. My bad. – dda Apr 18 '13 at 5:43

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