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 -
Holding down the c key presents -
Holding down shift-c presents -
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.
Hi, there Vixen82.
So glad to hear that my query was also helpful to you. Great way to share the knowledge when one is out there in cyberspace trying to sort out all the technology we have to access every so often. I love how this works. Such a time saver too! No more searching the Special Characters menu to find accents.