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Inserting Special Characters in MacMail

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kananaskis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 3, 2011 6:48 AM

In Snow Leopard and previous systems, all one had to do upon choosing under the EDIT Menu, Special Characters, insert it similar to what one does in MSWord. However, in Lion, there is another procedure that I learned when I called in to Tech Support. Unfortunately, I have forgotten it.


Need help as I use this feature consistently especially for the French accents.



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • kennethfromtoronto Level 4 Level 4 (1,035 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 7:00 AM (in response to kananaskis)

    Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 9.59.02 AM.jpg

    From the Edit Menu of Mail.

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Nov 3, 2011 8:19 AM (in response to kananaskis)

    In Lion there is a quick way to access special characters - just press and hold down the key for the base character, and in a second or so a popup will appear showing the available special characters based on that letter. Works with Shift, too, for capitals.


    For example -


    Holding down the e key presents -

    Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 10.13.08 .png


    Holding down the c key presents -

    Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 10.13.51 .png


    Holding down shift-c presents -

    Screen Shot 2011-11-03 at 10.14.50 .png


    To enter the desired special character, either -


    • click the one you want in the popup


    • press the number key shown underneath the character in the popup.

  • Vixen82 Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2012 3:12 PM (in response to kananaskis)

    I don't like this....I LOVE it!! Thanks a million kananaskis, you have made my life 1000 times easier with this tip!


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