Questions relating to letters, numbers and symbols or the Special Characters window

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Resizing whole text containing different fonts in TextEdit

My text file uses two fonts, Helvetica for usual text and the ALPHABETUM-Unicode specialized font for rare ancient characters. The system handles it nicely, as the sizes of the ALPHABETUM ...
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Preventing automatic backtick `

When I type a backtick ` it's underlined and I can press space to make it this character ´. This is annoying because I never need this when I type in markdown I only need the backtick. So I wonder how ...
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Why am I seeing these weird characters in the popup that asks for my password when I try to update Adobe Flash on my Mac?

I'm running OS X Yosemite on a Macbook Pro. I recently had an update for adobe flash but when the password prompt pops up to continue the installation of the update it looks like this: What's going ...
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How to access Greek symbols on OSX (Mavericks)?

I write mathematical computer code. I frequently need Greek letters such as ø My current workflow is terrible: hold down OPT and run my finger across the three rows of the keyboard: œ∑´®†¥¨^øπ“‘« ...
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Applescript (PDF to iTunes): How to extract and/or write metadata with special characters? Help please :-)

INTRODUCTION Hello there, Like always, I want to put in front that I'm not a script expert. I'm not even a basic coder. I just try to learn, little by little about coding when I have these ...
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How to specify non-breaking space on Mac Excel - Mac version of char(160)

On Windows, you can specify non-breaking spaces in Excel formulas with char(160), for example: =A1&char(160)&A2 =substitue(cell_ref,char(160),"") On Excel for Mac (2011), however, char(160) ...
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How to write a Q with a dot above, for differential notation?

I want to write a Q with a dot above. How can I make it happen? I need it in omni graffle. thanks.
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Disable special characters such as Tilde

I am using my Mac to write Java code in Eclipse. Not frequently, but commonly enough I need special characters such as ^, ~ or `. The problem with these is that I have to press the key(-combination) ...
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Combining CharacterViewer with FontBook in Yosemite

I used a OS X 10.5.8 system for several years and now I am using a new laptop with the latest Yosemite. I find some features of the older system are much more powerful than the newest one. For ...
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How to enter a non-breaking space on iOS?

On Mac, entering a non-breaking space is very easy. On my iPad, I want to enter a non-breaking space. But I find no way. I have tried the mic on the keyboard. It gives me this : Espace insécable ...
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How to disable emoji substitution for pictographs/symbols in special characters? [duplicate]

When I try to insert a special character/symbol/pictograph that has an emoji equivalent, it always changes into the emoji instead. Is there a way to make it not do this? I am not asking about how to ...
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How to type a circumflex for programming

maybe this is a silly question but im trying to type self.router[@"say/hello"] = ^ { NSLog(@"Hello World!"); }; and i cant type this character ^ I tried with: option + i = ˆ shift + 6 ...
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How to have character accent menu _and_ key repeat

So it seems you have an either/or choice for the character accent menu or normal press-and-hold for key repeat behaviour. Surely it's possible to have press and hold bring up the Character Picker ...
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How do I type a Greek delta with a circumflex?

I need to create a capital Greek delta with a circumflex on top of it: How do I do that in Word or any other text editor (on a Mac)? The file will be mailed to a publisher, so the letter should ...
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How to subscript/superscript single character in Text Edit?

I would like to know how to subscript/superscript "single" character in Text Edit. I have followed this question: Entering superscript text (exponents) in TextEdit?, which is ...
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Why OneNote shows these weird characters?

Check this out - in Sublime (no hidden characters): Now in OneNote (a simple command + c / command + v): Since there isn't a Unicode option in OneNote, I don't know what to do. :-( Do you guys ...
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Typing national characters in a slightly different way

Typical way of typing national characters (if you need to use them) on a keyboard looks as follows: This is an example for Polish ą character: Push ALT. Push a. Release a. As a result we 'll see ...
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Accent popup in Terminal.app?

I was wondering if anyone has figured out a way to enable the press-and-hold accent popup in Terminal.app, where it does not work out of the box? Does not have to be press-and-hold, but some way to ...
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Change characters in press and hold popup? Seems changed in Yosemite?

Does anyone know where the pressandhold.app file is in Yosemite? I used this answer (How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?) to customize mine, but lost the ...
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Mac OS X (10.9.2) Terminal: Getting Weird Characters ~$â

out of nowhere I am getting the following weird characters: $â followed by a paragraph sign. See the below image for more detail: Also note where the white cursor is: it's basically 'one-off' so ...
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Apple “option” keyboard shortcuts and touch typing

Apple keyboards can have shortcuts using alt/option to type non-standard characters. For example, I can type the Swedish å by using alt+k and then typing a, and the Portuguese ç by using alt+c and ...
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extend the press and hold app to other keys

Thanks to this question: Customize accents when holding down a key I know understand how to customise the press and hold app a bit to letters. But I'm wondering, could I do the same trick for other ...
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Customize accents when holding down a key

I just noticed that if I hold down a key in mac when typing, that I get some custom bar that let's me choose between accents. I'm a mathematician, and I like writing unicode math symbols directly ...
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Tilde character on Mavericks/Macbook air with Norwegian keyboard turns into >

After upgrading my MB Air & upgrading to Mavericks, I can't get my beloved tilde character to turn up. I got a Norwegian keyboard, so there is no dedicated tilde character. Answers from Google ...
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How to get rid of emoji (emoticons) in Terminal.app (OS X 10.9)

I am experimenting with Twitter API. I now have emoji characters in Terminal.app. I don't know how to handle that. How to get rid of that or use it well? see screenshot
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Disable <Option-u>, <Option-n> accent mark

I know this has to do with my keyboard layout being U.S, but I have no idea what to do from here. I'm using MacVim, so I want to bind <Alt-u> to something, but I realized it was waiting for ...
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What are the key-names for the PressAndHold.app keyboard plists?

To avoid ambiguity in this question I will use key to mean a plist-dictionary-key (look-up string); and key to mean a button on your keyboard. This answer to another question identified a great way ...
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How can I set a user-specific environment variable that includes a space character?

I'd like to add an environment variable for a specific account where the variable has a space. It seems that editing .bash_profile like below doesn't work: export ENV_VAR=“/Applications/Android ...
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What are these characters from the OS X keyboard?

I've never seen these characters before and never seen them in action either. Does anybody know what they are and what they're used for? Maybe somebody has this drop of trivia lying around... ...
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Umlauts and Copy and paste

I have a problem with copy and paste of characters like "ü". When I copy and paste the name "Gereon Müller" from this book http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/18 (choose the download tab) I get the ...
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Add special characters and Emoji to maill.app Menu bar

Mavericks has a wonderful and rich special characters and lots of Emojis to choose from. To call them up one has to press 3 keys (another keyboard short cut to remember :( Is there a way to add ...
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Can't use Alt+N in Terminal

I installed Zsh the other day but didn't like it so I promptly removed it. Since doing so however I'm no longer able to type alt+n to get a ~ character, whilst it works everywhere else. Yes, I know I ...
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Can you get blackboard letter N, R, etc., symbols for mathematical notation?

The Special Characters palette includes many mathematical symbols, but I cannot seem to find blackboard bold versions of N, R, and Z, which are commonly used to denote the set of (respectively) the ...
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Unwanted transformation of Chinese characters

When I copy and paste character it's transformed into the Japanese version, 禮 (radical 示 instead of 礻). What's going on? Is this some 'feature' of Unicode? Is there still a way to paste the ...
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Mavericks entering accents into Chrome?

So starting in Lion, you have been able to enter accents by simply holding down certain keys and selecting your accent. However, in Chrome when I hold down on a key it enters a second one: For ...
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Returning to simple pop-up characters panel?

One of my favorite new Mavs features is the pop-up characters panel. Its operation is detailed here. It is summoned via control+command+space and looks like this: At some point, however, the key ...
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TexShop typing German umlauts with US keyboard

I am using OS X Lion 10.7 with an American English keyboard. For typing German umlauts I normally just press and hold the appropriate key until the little OS X popup appears and then I can choose the ...
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What are these 𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖧𝖤𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖨𝖢𝖠𝖫 characters, and how can I use them?

Not sure when this feature popped up.. but in the "Special Characters" menu, ^SPACE (aka my favorite place), there are a whole slew of "Mathematical Letters". I can't even find them under the symbols ...
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Is it possible to create a special character and add it to special characters?

I have to type up papers with medical abbreviations. 4 common abbreviations are ā, p, c, s (also with a line over them like the ā). Right now I have to use a text box with the line in it and place ...
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Faster Press and Hold Character Picker

Does anyone know how to make the character picker appear more quickly? I use it enough now in my German language studies that it has become second nature for the critical marks and much faster than ...
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How do I enter “ř” (small R with caron) and other unusual special characters on the iPhone?

I have a Czech friend whose name is Jiří, and I want to add his name to my Contacts. Pressing and holding R on the iPhone keyboard does not show any special character versions (and similarly on OSX, ...
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Special Characters Suddenly Won't Insert

I've frequently used Special Characters, accessed with Command ⌘+Option ⌥+T, and have been able to insert characters into text fields by double-clicking them. However, this has stopped working. I can ...
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Keyboard layout for math

I usually need to write math with LaTeX, and after seeing this question: Entering unicode math symbols. I came here with some small questions. I find that not perfectly comfortable, and I was ...
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How can i change and customize the special characters on my keyboard?

This is my first post at AskDifferent, hopefully it works out. My problem: i want to insert the symbol "λ" aka 'lamda' everytime i use the Option-L key. However, by default my OS Mountain Lion ...
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Searching for punctuation in Preview

In Preview (v 5.3 on 10.6.8), if I search for a single letter such as k in a pdf, the program will find and highlight every instance of that letter in the pdf. However, if I search for a punctuation ...
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How to type a TAB character on an iPhone

I'm editing a plain text file on my iPhone and need to type a TAB (\t) character. However, I am unable to find it and starting to wonder if it even exists. Anyone able to help me out?
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I got an image on terminal from the output of homebrew package manager

I got a strange image from the output of brew like this . I'm curious about this behaviour. Is this a feature of brew or the image comes from some special character set? If a character in some ...
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Why does Google Chrome replace “fl” with blocks on all PDFs it shows, but Adobe Reader works fine?

When I open PDFs in Chrome that contain words like "files", the "fi" is replaced by a square block. Opening the same PDF in Adobe Reader or Preview works fine. Anyway to fix this?
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How to navigate the Special Characters window with the keyboard?

Is it possible to use the special characters window only with the keyboard? i.e., I know in textedit for example you can activat the special characters window with Alt+Cmd+T. But: How do you bring ...
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Is it possible to add a symbol to the character palette?

I guess everybody here knows about the character palette of Mac OS X. Is it possible to create a new symbol, using an image or a vectorial shape made in Illustrator, and add it to the character ...