[OS X TeX] encoding and special characters in TexShop

Luis Sequeira lfsequeira at fc.ul.pt
Fri Sep 15 05:23:04 EDT 2006

> 2. i noticed that iTexMac and Aquamacs display the German Umlaute
> correctly in the editor window. TexShop seems to insist in converting
> them directly in the Tex commands (\"u, etc.) - no matter how the
> document is encoded. Is there a way to teach TexShop the other
> behaviour?
> Am I confusing things?
> Thx,
> Alex

TeXShop has an auto-completion feature that, amongst other things  
does what you describe.
You could, as was suggested, turn auto-completion off, but that is  

A better way is to edit the file ~/Library/TeXShop/Keyboard/ 
and remove the undesired entries.

0. Make a backup copy of ~/Library/TeXShop/Keyboard/ 
autocompletion.plist (Cmd-D in the Finder will do).

1. Quit TeXShop, if it is running

2a. If you have the developer tools installed, double-clicking  
autocompletion.plist opens the file in the Property List Editor; just  
select the entry for ü (and Ü and whichever you dont' want) and hit  
the delete button to delete it (them).

2b. If you don't have the developer tools, then you may open it in a  
text editor (such as SubEthaEdit, Smultron, BBEdit, etc) and look for

  a bit like

delete this, save the file.

3. Restart TeXShop and enjoy your umlauts.


If you edit in TextEdit, make sure to save as plain text (not rich  
In any case, you should keep a copy of the original file (see 0  
above), just in case something goes wrong.

Luis Sequeira

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