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If you're just looking for the Unicode versions of Mac OS X keys, you can use this site to copy and paste them from the text box. More generally, Mac OS X provides a pane to insert special characters. You'll typically find it under Edit -> Special Characters in any program that takes text input. The Command key symbol can be found under Symbols -> Technical ...


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There are some important gotchas with the other solutions posted here. For one, symbol and text substitution entries only work in Cocoa apps. If you want a truly system-wide solution that works in all applications, this is not an option. Also, apps like KeyRemap4MacBook are great, but relying on them means you have to keep the app running in the background ...


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I also found it hard to find a straight answer for this, so I just went into System Preferences > Language & Text > Text and created a use symbol and text substitution option where when I type (cmd) it replaces it with the command symbol.


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If you can enter the ² and ³ once, you can put it in as a substitution in System Preferences, Language & Text -> Text. Put something unique on the left side, like ^^2, then paste your symbol in on the right. You'll may have to quit & restart each application for it to work, and some applications it may not work correctly in. Any that use a web view ...


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In Character Viewer, click the gear icon in the top-left, then select "Customize List". In the dialog that appears, scroll to the bottom and check "Unicode" under the "Code Tables" branch. You should see something like this if you click on the "Unicode" item that's now in the left-hand pane (with unicode hex values down the left-hand column): ...


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Font Book does in fact have a view that displays all glyphs provided by a font — just select Preview - Repertoire on the menu bar: You can also get a preview of a font using Quick Look: select a font file (from /Library/Fonts) and press space.


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The "~" key is located between the "left shift" and "Z" keys on the international english keyboard. Many users are used to have this key under the escape key (the US layout), and they (including me) use the KeyRemap4MacBook software to swap those keys.


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The character palette simply gives you access to the characters in the fonts on your system. To add something to it, you need to create a font with that character in it or add the character to an existing font. Common font creation tools for OS X are Fontlab and Fontforge. There are also some online services that may work (use Google to find them).


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These are U+fb01 and fb02, Latin Small Ligature Fl and Fi. They are in Unicode really only because they were contained in legacy 8 bit character sets like MacRoman, but should no longer be used for anything. In modern technology such ligatures are created by fonts on the basis of the underlying codes for the separate characters, which is what should aways ...


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French layout? Press caps lock ⇪. Press the é key (that's the 2 on a QWERTY). Press caps lock ⇪ again. But you need to make sure you're using the French layout, and not French - numeric (“Français - numérique”, French flag with “123” beneath it). Otherwise, you're explicitly asking the system to use the caps lock key as a shift lock for the numbers ...


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Viewing Special Characters The good news is that this part should almost always 'just work' on OS X and iOS devices. Encodings are usually handled intelligently, Unicode fonts are installed, and font substitution does its job. If you do encounter problems, be sure to specify the encoding as Unicode (UTF-8) when saving. If your text editor doesn't allow you ...


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To type this character, type ⌥+E, then ⇧+E. "É" is the character I get. In Lion, I understand one can hold down the key, a la iOS, and get a list of possible characters with accents for many of the keys:


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I don't know if it's the easiest way, but here's one way: In the "International" system preferences, turn on the keyboard layout called "Unicode Hex Input". When you need to type a prime, type commandspace to switch to this keyboard layout, and then hold down option and type 2 0 3 2. For double prime, it's 2 0 3 3.


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That would be an emoji. You can insert them anywhere by clicking Edit > Special Characters > Emoji. The beer one is under the Objects subcategory.


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Han characters are unified in Unicode. Display of the Chinese vs Japanese version depends on the font. In OS X, the default font should normally be determined by the order of these two languages in the system preferences language list. Make sure that Chinese is higher than Japanese on your list and restart. It's possible some apps might not follow that ...


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They are called ligatures and they are from the days of metal typesetting. 2 letters that commonly occurred together would be forged as one piece of metal type. Nowadays on the computer, they are sometimes included in fonts, in order to make a more pleasing letter group. They are not special characters, really it is just supposed to be letters f and i drawn ...


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After you choose the character go to the Font Variation section you might need to click on the triangle at its left side to expand this. This shows the fonts that include the glyph.


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If you open the Font Variation section of Character Viewer and set Collections to "Containing selected character" it will show all of the fonts that have the character and how they'll display, as shown here:


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Option/alt + ñ on the Spanish ISO layout, followed by a or o gives you ã and õ. To make a custom layout, use Ukelele http://scripts.sil.org/ukelele PS If you are running 10.7, you can also get those characters by holding down the a and o keys until the Character Picker popup menu appears.


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If you have TextExpander, one can also make a snippet for it, ala Dr. Drang. He also has a Keyboard Library with snippets for a host of keyboard symbols available.


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They are mathematical alphanumeric characters, which look like glyph variants of basic Latin letters but have been encoded as separate characters, due to their special use in mathematical notations. Italic, bold face, and even use of a sans-serif form vs. serif form may carry an essential difference of meaning in mathematics. For example, a bold italic “a” ...


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Using the Character Viewer, search for "Prime". You can then click "Add to Favorites" for more convenient access. In Mavericks, the following shortcut is helpful to bring up the character viewer: Control + Command + Spacebar Click the button in the top right corner to switch between the "Characters" window and "Character Viewer". Note: to get that ...


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You can use the same keyboard combinations as on OS X to create accented characters. Here are the commands for each: ⌥+` then a=à ⌥+e then a=á ⌥+u then a=ä ⌥+i then a=â ⌥+n then a=ã After you press the ⌥ (option/alt key) combination, the accent character will show up. Then, typing the next character will replace the accent with the accented character, if ...


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You may need to reinstall the fonts Symbola or Quivira on your Lion OS. Also you may need to specifically select these fonts for the text where you want them to display.


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Snow Leopard For Snow Leopard, the only way (AFAIK) to re-order favorites characters is to make it in the plist file located in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.CharacterPaletteIM.plist As you can see on the screenshot below, there's an array called "CharPaletteFavorites" containing multiple dictionaries (one by character). Just re-order them when the ...


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Yes - they are drag and drop in the palette itself on Lion (so that's the easiest for me to get them in order). If that doesn't work for you, you can also edit the plist when the Special Characters picker isn't running. The favorites are (hopefully for your OS level) stored in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.CharacterPaletteIM.plist If your editor lets ...


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I believe this is all possible. In my answer on TeX.SE, I give the MathUnicode.keylayout file that I made. Essentially, my advice is: go ahead and play around with this file. A couple of thoughts: The XML specification for .keylayout files is available from Apple. On line 22 you can see that I refer to the anyOption modifier. This refers to the left or ...


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You can create ~/Library/KeyBindings/ and save a property list like this as DefaultKeyBinding.dict: { "~l" = (insertText:, "λ"); } After reopening applications, ⌥L should insert λ in most text views. It doesn't work in for example Terminal or Xcode though. Other options: Make a custom keyboard layout Add characters to the press and hold popovers ...


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You might want to try just defining ¬ as λ in system prefs/language & text/text/symbol and text substitutions. Normally you need to type a space or another character to get the switch, and there may be some apps it does not work in (Pages and Word have their own symbol and text substitution settings).


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Is there a way to do this without creating a new keyboard layout? You can do it by defining Service: Run Automator Choose a type for your document: Service Check Text from Library on the left Double click Get Specified Text On the right check Output replaces selected text Paste your character into text editor window of "Get Specified Text" Run System ...



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