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The ability to use the umlaut should already be there. On my English keyboard I type Alt-Gr 2 then the letter.

Alt-Gr 2 then a e u o gives ä ë ü ö

Alt-Gr + a e c s u gives á é ç ß ú.

I find it more convenient to enter French and German accents directly using the At-Gr key which seems to be one of the hidden secrets of the PC. The standard PC keyboard gives a way to enter German and other Western Europe accents directly providing the keyboard has been defined to do so. German and French keyboards, for example do it by default. The PC Keyboard Alt-Gr key provides a way of entering this text. This input is system wide, not specific to LibreOffice. I have appended a sample of the UK extended keyboard layout. The American one is similar. The Alt-Gr key is shown as ISO_L.., sorry about the ISO jargon.

The Alt-Gr gives two extra keyboards layouts called Level-3 (Alt-Gr) and Level-4 (Alt-Gr and Shift). Level-1 is lowercase and Level-2 is Uppercase (Shift).

To use these keys, if they are not already defined in your system you need to add the 'United Kingdom Extended keyboard layout' for UK keyboards. The instructions to do this you can be found, amongst other references in 'http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Guide_to_keyboard_layouts_and_input_methods#Step_2:_Add_the_input_method_to_your_operating_system' . Linux Ubuntu users can use the keyboard function of the control centre.

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