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

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What do I type to produce the command symbol (⌘) in Mac OS X?

What combination of keys do I press to produce the command symbol (⌘) on Mac OS X? (I copied the above symbol from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key.)
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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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How do I type a ² or a ³ on an Apple keyboard (International English layout)?

I use ² and ³ a lot in e-mails. When using my Belgian Windows keyboard and a custom keymap it was easy to type this in Mac OS X as I assigned the appropriate key. Now I switched to a qwerty ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I quickly type special characters on an iPhone/iPad using a bluetooth keyboard?

I have an iPhone with a Bluetooth Logitech keyboard that also works with iPads. The solution works great for me in meetings etc. because it is a lightweight solution. The problem I face (and I am ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How to type the squared symbol on a macbook? [duplicate]

I have a Macbook Pro 2014 and I'm looking everywhere, and I can't find the squared symbol. Using OS X Mavericks, there is no "²" symbol in the special characters viewer. I had to find a website that ...
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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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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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How do I type the prime and double prime characters on OS X?

When typing in feet and inches, the prime ′ and double prime ″ symbols are used, e.g. 5′ 5″. How do I type these characters?
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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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How to type in the tilde character '~' with an apple international keyboard?

I am a French developer, used to the French keyboard layout. Being a developer, I invested recently in an Apple international keyboard. Having a french keyboard, typing in the tilde '~' character was ...
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How does one type an “É” (capital e acute) in the French keyboard layout in Mac OS X?

I've searched the web for a method to type an "É" character with a french keyboard layout in firefox. It appears I'm supposed to type ⌥+E, and then ⇧+E to achieve this, but as soon as I ...
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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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Character Picker stopped working in OS X Lion

Character picker inexplicably stopped working tonight in OS X Lion. I was trying to type in Spanish but now the keys which used to accept tildes or accents are merely repeating. I tried entering the ...
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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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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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typing a backtick on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I have had a hunt around the net for this, but cannot find an answer - how do I type a backtick on Mac OSX Snow Leopard? I have a Macbook from late-2010. The backtick character is one I use on a ...
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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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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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Add TL Symbol to Character Viewer (Unicode 20BA) [TL simgesi]

I want to add the new 2012 Turkish Lira currency symbol, U+20BA, to Character Viewer as shown at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_lira_sign What can I do?
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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 ...
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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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How can I type a § in a Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection window?

How can I type a "§" in a Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) window? I am using the OS X client software to connect remotely to a computer running Microsoft Windows. In OS X Option ⌥+6 produces ...
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How can I reclaim quick-keys from special characters I never use?

I love Byword.app and there's a very handy quick key (⇧-⌥-p) that, recently, started showing the uppercase Greek character pi (∏) instead. I'm not sure what I changed, but it's very frustrating, as ...
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How to enable press-and-hold accent character menu in text editors (i.e. Xcode)?

When I press and hold a key (i.e. a) in most programs (such as a web browser, Evernote, etc.) I see the accent character pop-up menu. However, I do not see the pop-up in Xcode or Vim, and I would ...
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OSX Lion: Long press menu automatic selection

I've recently upgraded to OSX Lion and I find the long press menu with accented characters very handy when I have to type in french. The only problem is that it's slowing me down a lot having to long ...
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Windows 7 using French AZERTY keyboard special characters problem

After a long struggle I got successfully installed Windows 7(OS in English but French Keyboard) in Lion OS X Using Boot-Camp. Followed this I have installed all the windows necessary driver software's ...