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Running on Mac OS 10.6.7. Don't know of any changes that could of happened to make the keyboard shortcuts different. Tried Googling and found nothing helpful. Anyone know why this happens and how to fix it?

Weird keyboard shortcut icons

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What is that icon preceding the A? Is it a key? Or a wrench? Or ... something else? –  Jason Salaz Apr 12 '11 at 23:41
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@VxJasonxV: It is the LastResort entry for the “Miscellaneous Technical” Unicode block (U+2300–U+23FF). The symbol in the box is U+2331, DIMENSION ORIGIN: . See Apple’s Last Resort Font page which links to HTML (glyphs as small images) and PDF (glyphs as embedded outlines) views of the font. –  Chris Johnsen Apr 14 '11 at 3:00
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Those look like the placeholder glyphs from the LastResort font. Check your fonts folders and their permissions. Is that the case in every menu all over the system, in every app?

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I think the menu item shortcut symbols usually come from Lucida Grande (/System/Library/Fonts/LucidaGrande.ttc). –  Chris Johnsen Apr 14 '11 at 3:18
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The why this happened will be hard to guess without some sleuthing and more info. The "what happened" is easier - the font that Finder needs didn't load or has become corrupt/missing.

Assuming you haven't added any fonts recently or use special font software some general next steps would be:

  1. make a back up of the system or critical files (in case the FileSystem or Hard Drive is corrupt or failing)
  2. reboot in safe mode - shift key held down at boot to rebuild and check things in general
  3. reboot normally - then fire up Font Book and check your fonts for problems
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One thing to try would've been to clear the font caches: atsutil databases -remove. (ATS = Apple Type Services.)

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