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Ian Level 2 Level 2
Where can I find math symbols e.g. the symbol for "DIVIDE BY"

Thanks
Ian

i-Book, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Solved by Red Dwarf on May 18, 2006 5:55 AM Solved
Excellent Ian... Phew!! There was a small typo in my previous reply though. I said left hand Shift key when I should have said right hand Shift key.It doesn't matter though, you found the key combo to achieve what you are after so all's well.I'm going to the pub now. I need a drink RD
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6
    Hi Ian,

    .g. the symbol for "DIVIDE BY"


    You mean like this ---> ÷

    Option(Alt)+/ will get you there. If you fire up Keyboard Viewer you'll be able to see what symbols you can get when pressing a combination of keys e.g Option+key, OptionShiftkey etc etc

    RD
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Thanks Red as usual.

    Now, let me see if I can handle such a complex set of tasks?

    Best,
    Ian
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Hi Red:

    Tried to follow your directions but obviously I don't understand as all I succeeded in doing was magnifying the screen.

    Guess by now you figured out that all my advanced degrees are in English:-(

    Red, if you would like to try again, that would be much appreciated:-)

    What I am looking for is ÷

    Thanks for trying.

    Cheers!
    Ian
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Hi Red:

    Maybe the following symbols will give you a clue as to what I am doing wrong?

    Tried to open the keyboard viewer with the following result:



    ±

    Thanks,
    Ian
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6
    Hi again Ian,

    Hehe... what you (inadvertantly) did is enable the Zoom feature. You did this by pressing Command(Apple)Option(Alt)8. Pressing that key combination again will disable the Zoom effect.

    Do the following:

    1. From the menubar select the International menu (it's the one with the flag on the right hand side of the menubar)
    2. Select Show Keyboard Viewer

    If you do not see the Keyboard Viewer in the International menu simply select Open International... and, from the Input Menu tab, tick Keyboard Viewer. It will now be visible from the International menu.

    That's it. You'll now see the Keyboard Viewer and by pressing either Shift or Option(alt) or a combination of those keys you'll see different sympols appear on the keyboard viewer. Simply identify which one you want, locate the particular key on your keyboard and simply press the key combination to get it.

    RD
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Hey Red, if I didn't know you better, I'd think this was a cruel joke:-)

    Well here goes the last adventure:

    <Hi again Ian,

    Hehe... what you (inadvertantly) did is enable the Zoom feature. You did this by pressing Command(Apple)Option(Alt)8. Pressing that key combination again will disable the Zoom effect.

    Do the following:

    1. From the menubar select the International menu (it's the one with the flag on the right hand side of the menubar)
    2. Select Show Keyboard Viewer

    If you do not see the Keyboard Viewer in the International menu simply select Open International... and, from the Input Menu tab, tick Keyboard Viewer. *GOT THIS FAR BUT DON'T SEE THE KEYBOARD?*

    It will now be visible from the International menu.
    *GOT A FEELING THAT AFTER TICKING THE KEYBOARD VIEWER SOME OTHER ACTION MUST BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO SEE THE KEYBOARD VIEWER?*

    That's it. You'll now see the Keyboard Viewer and by pressing either Shift or Option(alt) or a combination of those keys you'll see different sympols appear on the keyboard viewer. Simply identify which one you want, locate the particular key on your keyboard and simply press the key combination to get it.?

    RD

    THANKS AGAIN FOR TRYING.
    Ian
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6
    Ian,

    Hey Red, if I didn't know you better, I'd think this was a cruel joke:-)


    Cruel Joke?!?! Me? Naaahhhh

    When you select International (the flag) from the menubar, can you tell me exactly all the options you see? Can you also tell me what keyboard layout you are using (Is the flag American, British etc)?

    RD
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    RED:

    COLUMN ON THE LEFT SHOWS LANGUAGES

    BUTTONS ACROSS = LANGUAGE...FORMATS...INPUT MENU

    DON'T SEE ANY FLAGS?

    IAN
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Red, now I see the US flag in the menu bar.

    I launched the keyboard however I don't see the "division symbol"?

    BTW, if I want to remove the flag from the menu bar, what are the steps.

    Thanks again,
    Ian
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Hi Red:

    I'm going to give up on attempting to find that division symbol.

    Now I lost the keyboard and retracing my steps did not bring it back:-(

    Too many hours in search of something that I should have able to access instantaneously tells me that I have no aptitude for computers and explains why I am not a computer fan.

    Some day, maybe Apple Computer Geniuses will sell a Mac for dummies whereby math symbols will be super easy to locate.

    Red, I sincerely appreciate your valiant efforts.

    All The Best,
    Ian

    i-Book   Mac OS X (10.4.6)  
  • walafrid Level 1 Level 1
    I wonder if I might be able to jump in and help here.

    I've followed Red's steps and managed to find the division sign, so I'll try and explain how I did it.

    As you've done, go to the International System Preferences. Select the 'Input Menu' tab/button.

    You should then see a list of languages and flags etc., but at the top of the list should be the 'keyboard viewer' option. Select it by clicking the 'On' tickbox on the far left. Make sure also that the option at the bottom of the pane 'Show input menu in menu bar' is also selected.

    If it wasn't there already there will be a flag in your menu bar. Click on it, and one of the menu listings should be 'Keyboard viewer'. Click on it to open the viewer.

    What looks like a miniature keyboard appears. It allows you to try out various modifier keys (alt, command, ctrl, shift, etc) to see what effect that has on the character that will be inputted. If you try holding down alt, you should see that the '/' key becomes '÷', so you know that alt+/ will give you ÷.

    One caveat, though. I think both Red and I are using a British keyboard; this maybe why the wrong symbol is being produced for you. In any case, keyboard viewer should let you see what does what.

    Hope this goes some way to helping.

    Yours,

    W.
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    W, in appreciation of your kind offer to help, I will give this project another shot and follow your instructions as best I can.

    I will let you know the result.

    Thank you,
    Ian

    P.S. You have to admit, W, that if you were to tell someone of the steps required to perform this task and then asked them what task it was that you were attempting to accomplish they probably say "Solving The Da Vinci Code" :-))
  • Ian Level 2 Level 2
    Ok, W, her's what happened:

    GOT TO THE FLAG IN THE MENU BAR.

    WHEN I CLICKED ON THE FLAG, I WAS SHOWN TWO OPTIONS, NAMELY,

    1) A CHECK MARK NEXT TO A FLAG FOLLOWED BY U.S.

    2) OPEN INTERNATIONAL

    UNFORTUNATELY, NO OPTION FOR KEYBOARD VIEWER SO I'M STILL STUCK AT THIS POINT

    AT LEAST I GAVE IT A SHOT BUT IT SEEMS DESTINED THAT THE KEYBOARD VIEWER WILL NOT APPEAR ON MY IBOOK:-)

    W, YOUR ASSISTANCE IS MUCH APPRECIATED.

    BEST,
    IAN
  • Red Dwarf Level 6 Level 6
    Ian,

    Okidoki... let's try one more time.

    The keyboard shortcut that will give you the '÷' symbol is Option(alt)+/

    Note that the '/' key is directly to the left of the left hand Shift key. When you press this key combination do you get '÷'? If not, what do you get?

    RD
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