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

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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 to enter a non-breaking space on iOS?

On a Mac, entering a non-breaking space is very easy. On my iPad with iOS 7 installed, 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 ...
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Typing too fast, strange hidden characters

I have this annoying problem since long. I use to type quite fast, and it happens to me that after inserting a special character using the "alt" key I probably do not wait enough to press the space ...
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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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How to have the counter of characters when I am writing a texto (SMS)?

I have my new iPhone 6S, on iOS 9. I would like to have the counter of characters when I am writing a texto (SMS). How can I have that? I have turned on the setting for that. But for some recipients ...
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Unicode terminal lock symbol

Is there a character for the below key symbol that you can copy and paste?
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Access the Character Palette as a standard application, or similar Unicode browser?

Is there a way to access the Character Palette (i.e. Character Viewer, or "Show Emoji & Symbols"): ...as a standalone application, with a normal window (as opposed to a floating panel)? This ...
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Type Lambda λ on a Mac?

Is there a way to type lambda λ on a mac without switching the entire keyboard binding to Greek, as described here: How do you type Theta on a Mac?
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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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Insert accented letters in passwords

This should be easy, but I cannot solve it by myself. How can I insert accented letters in passwords? When I go to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Change Password... and in the ...
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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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Some native keyboard accent shortcuts not working since OS X 10.11.3 Update

I have a Qwerty keyboard on my MacBook Pro late-2015, set to the standard US layout, that I sometime use to write French accentuated characters. However, since the last OS X update, some accent ...
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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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Issues when entering password finishing with '^' character

I am using a password that has been generated by the organization where I work, and that specific password terminates with the ^ character. This password cannot be changed so I must keep it for the ...
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How to write backtick in iPhone 6s? [duplicate]

As you know, backtick ( ` ) is needed to mark down the code blocks when writing any answer / comment in stackoverflow or any other stackexchange sites. But I am struggling to find out the key to write ...
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View all a fonts characters app?

Is there a Mac app for viewing all the characters of a font? Font book doesn't seem have this feature.
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Customize opening state of Character Viewer

When I open the Character Viewer, there is a button on the top right corner that allows shrinking the viewer to a smaller size (and more compact organization). I'd like the Character Viewer to open ...
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Very odd problem with the “¨” character in Spotlight

I have a very odd problem, whenever I search for something in Spotlight, say, Safari, I often misspress "¨" instead of enter, if I then press enter again when it says "Safari¨" in spotlight, I can't ...
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Using wrong character set

I have an old text file from an old Mac, and I'm pretty sure I'm using the wrong character set. Opening quotes show up as Ò, closing quote as Ó, and apostrophes show up as Õ. I'm not sure where to ...
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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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The keyboard's plists of PressAndHold also can no longer be modified to add the new accents in El Capitain

From OS X 10.8 to 10.10, I used to modify the PressAndHold keyboard plists to add the new Romanian and Slavic accents and some symbols, so I'm an hyperglot. /System/Library/Input ...
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How to enable key repeat on Macbook Pro with Yosemite [duplicate]

I would like to disable the accent characters options you get when you hold down keys. I have always used holding keys to repeat letters but all of the sudden it shows special characters and won't ...
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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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Writing EOF (End of File) on Windows 7 with bootcamp

I'm looking for a way to input the EOF char into the command line on my MacBook Pro with Windows 7 running in Boot Camp. I've tried several suggested shortcuts and the on-screen keyboard but none of ...
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Yosemite and character viewer

I just upgraded to Yosemite, I find that I cannot minimise the Character Viewer into the dock as I used to... is this normal? It saved me a lot of trouble to have it pop-up every time I started the ...
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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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Why are the same characters displayed differently in the same sentence?

In some text views on OS X, e.g. in the application QQ, the character →(U+2192) is displayed differently after a Chinese character or Latin character: Also affected are the other arrows, and the ...
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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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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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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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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 create shortcut to insert specific special character

I'm using some special characters like mathematical symbols in different programs like Mail or Adobe Illustrator. Of course I can open the Symbols Table, search for the needed symbol and ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...