Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to Igor_G5)
This is on my 10.6, but it should be in pretty much the same place. System Preferences>Language and Text>Input Sources>Keyboard and Character Viewer. Good idea to check "Show Input menu in menubar."
You may not get everything you want from the Character Palette.
Something like this may help.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2012 3:40 PM (in response to Igor_G5)
System Preferences/International/Input Menu
At the bottom of the window tick the box Show Input Menu in Menu Bar.
You will now be able to access it at any time from the Finder menu bar.
All this is giving me is an American flag in the menu bar and access to foreign keyboards but not how to put accents (little slashes or two dots etc over letters or ellipses i think its called) I don't want Chinese or Korean or Bulgarian letters. Am I doing something wrong?
I figured out this character pallate thing but I'm looling for keyboard shortcuts. Like you type something and nothing shows up then you type an e and you get an e with a slash over it like at the end of resume to make it mean a thing that tells about your employment abilities rather than to mean to continue. or you type a couple of keys and get (I think it's called) an ellipses. You type something and there's nothing there then you type a u and get an u umlaut. Etc.
They have the whole list of everything you can think of here:
I printed it into a 3 page PDF.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 4:18 AM (in response to Igor_G5)
Why is everyone going on about the Character Pallette when most of the required symbols are available from the keyboard?
Using the option key, these are the standard symbols for US and UK keyboards (lower case followed by upper case with the addition of the shift key) Starting with the numeric row;
Enable the Keyboard viewer by checking 'show keyboard and character viewer in the menu bar' in System Preferences > Keyboard > keyboard tab.
Open the keyboard viewer from the flag menu and press the opt key - you'll see all the available symbols and accents. Some of them are highlighted in orange - these can be used with multiple letter combinations.
For instance, opt+e followed by e = é, opt+e followed by a = á, opt+u followed by o = ö.
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Currently Being ModeratedJun 2, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Mostly English but some others like Jalepeño or año. Or like I said an em dash. It's a typograpy thing – instead of - ( which is referred to as an en dash). I'm figuring this stuff out using Google. There's an assortment of special characters, some english. Some foreign languages. Some typograghical characters. That link I put up has three pages of them.