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Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

There are ways of typing special characters such as letters with special accents over them and typing ... but with closer spacing and typing two keys at once rather than three periods. Can anybody direct me to a chart of how to type these things?


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  • 1. Re: Typing special characters
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,470 points)

    Look in the Character Palette.

  • 2. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    Hi Klaus,

     

    Sorry if I'm being stupid but where would I find this? I've done a bunch of searches and didn't find this.

  • 3. Re: Typing special characters
    WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,205 points)

    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.

     

    http://www.nouilles.info/keyboard_shortcuts.html

  • 4. Re: Typing special characters
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,470 points)

    In Leopard:

     

    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.

  • 5. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    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?

  • 6. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    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.

  • 7. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    Or an em dash.

  • 8. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    This is a partial list of what I was looking for.

     

     

     

    Picture 4.png

  • 9. Re: Typing special characters
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    What language(s) do you want?

  • 10. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    They have the whole list of everything you can think of here:

     

    http://downloads.gosquared.com/help_sheets/Mac_Glyphs_All.pdf

     

    I printed it into a 3 page PDF.

  • 11. Re: Typing special characters
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,465 points)

    Thanks, so I guess you're all sorted them?

     

    Nice link/find BTW!

  • 12. Re: Typing special characters
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,470 points)

    Clicking on the individual characters in Character Palette will show you the keyboard shortcut for that character.

  • 13. Re: Typing special characters
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    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;

     

    ¡€#¢∞§¶•ªº–≠

    ⁄™‹›fifl‡°·‚—±

    œ∑´®†¥¨^øπ“‘

    Œ„‰ÂÊÁËÈØ∏”’

    åß∂ƒ©˙∆˚¬…æ«

    ÅÍÎÏÌÓÔÒÚÆ»

    `Ω≈ç√∫~µ≤≥÷

    ŸÛÙÇ◊ıˆ˜¯˘¿

     

     

    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.

     

    Message was edited by: noondaywitch

  • 14. Re: Typing special characters
    Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)

    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.

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