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Add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion

I’m slightly disappointed by Lion’s iOS inspired feature to show a selection of accented characters on key hold.

On a German keyboard, when pressing a, I am able to choose between ä, â, à, á, æ, ã, å, ā. So far so nice.

However, I feel some characters are missing. There is no ç (although I could type this one using option+c), no ğ and no ł either. On the other hand the letter ń is shown (which like ł is more or less only used in Polish) but to which OS X does not show an upper case version. shift+n yields no results.

Is there some way to enhance and expand this set of letters with own additions?

marked as duplicate by Lri, gentmatt, Debilski, Kyle Cronin Mar 28 '12 at 16:13

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  • This isn't an answer per se, but in the System Preferences under International and then the Input Menu you can have the OS display a menubar menu called "Character Palette". The Character Palette shows all the characters available, allows you to insert them, and allows you to build lists of favorites. – David Rouse Dec 16 '11 at 21:59
  • Again, an inconsistent behavior.... I don't get how the developers could forget to implement access to ç by holding the c-key. Good question! – gentmatt Jan 16 '12 at 10:00
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This problem has been solved recently elsewhere in the forum:

How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

  • Would you like me to merge this account with the other? Your rep will then be combined... – bmike Mar 28 '12 at 14:36

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