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Typing Special Characters
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If you go to the character viewer and enter "alpha" in the search window (top right corner) it will show the symbol. I don't know the keyboard method.
Very helpful...thanks for another great lesson!
Holding down those keys on my (wireless) kb does not pop up the key variations. Is there any other requirement? I am using a Mac mini late 2012 with Yosemite.
When I'm in Facebook, I click on special characters in edit, in the case of typing someone's name like Andre, which has a apostrophe above the e. I highlight the required character and click insert and hey presto.
This was very helpful. I did not know about the keyboard and character viewer even though I've been using Macs since the Mac Classic.
Oh yeah! Thank you! Not long after purchasing my first iMac I accidentally discovered the utility of holding down a letter on the keyboard to see additional options, but I did not know how to get things like ß, which I recently needed and felt dumb for not finding or figuring out. As I don't know German I didn't even know what to call the character to look for it on Google.
I'm going to go fix that document right now!
How can I get back the ½ and other fractions? On new Macs this is not available.Yes it is in the character viewer but it used to come up automatically because it was in the system preferences under Language and region > Keyboard preferences > text.
Usually they appear automatically when you type the characters, like 1/2. But it depends on the app you are using and also if you have that enabled in System Preferences, Keyboard, Text.
To make an e with an accent as in Andre, just type "Option and 'e' together and then the e. "é"
Swedish å is Option and a, Swedish ö is Option u and then o, Swedish ä is Option u and then a. Many combinations like this already built in. I use them all the time.
Where can I find the command symbol?
In the Character viewer, look under Technical Symbols.
That was great Thanks
*Great* tutorial! Wish I'd known about this a couple of years ago. It would have saved me a lot of time! Thanks!!
WOW!!! Great tutorial. Thanks so much. So very helpful and a wonderful surprise.
where is the interrobang (exclamation point superimposed on question mark?
Is this just for pages? or Text edit. What about Word?
These should work in any and all apps. But some apps my use simpler text entry fields or restrict the font you are using. When in doubt, simply try it.
This is a supremely useful function. How can we petition the Mac decision-makers to add 'ą' to the options for 'A'? (I ask because all of the other special characters for Polish are available by holding the key--why not 'ą'?)
That could have more to do with the standards committees that come up with fonts and character encoding. But you can always send in a suggestion to Apple at https://www.apple.com/feedback/
how to type 'alpha'? the omega is there: ∞ !