[Tex/LaTex] Using German umlaut in LaTeX tabular directive


I am trying to use German umlauts in a tabular directive. The file is encoded in UTF8 and the useage of umlauts outside of the tabular directive is working flawlessly so there should be no general encoding problem.

Using the following code

  some content & some content ü content \\

the compiler issues the following warning:

Package inputenc Error: Keyboard character used is undefined [& some content]

It seems the compiler is interpreting the characters following the ampersand as an escaped unicode character. In the PDF output the umlaut is simply omitted.

Is there a possibility to either escape the umlaut, change the encoding of the tabular section or use a different character for column separation?

Encoding the umlaut using escaped unicode or \"u is not working due to both ampersand and backslash being control characters.

I am no LaTeX expert and desperately need this functionality for my bachelor thesis. My lifelong gratitude will truly be yours.


I use the following in my head section, my distribution is MiXTeX 2.9 using Sublime Text 2 as my editor. My operating system is Windows 7 Professional x64

\documentclass[11pt, a4paper, titlepage]{book}


I had no encoding problem and just discovered, that even though regular TeX escaping in the form of


wont work, surrounding this with curly braces will


for now this answer justifies using UTF8 instead of latin1 encoding but if anybody knows a more elegant solution I would be keen on your input!

Best Answer

Please try :



  some content \& some content ü content \\


If that does not show the expected result, please check your TeX installation (texlive-latex-extra may be of help then).

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