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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 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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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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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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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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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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iOS 11 autocorrect bug typing the letter capital I

So for some odd reason it seems that some iPhones are having trouble processing the letter "I" and I was wondering if anyone knows the solution to this or if it's just a bug in iOS 11? on some iOS 10 ...
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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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Too many dots in Safari password fields

Safari 12.0.1 (14606.2.104.1.1) / macOS Mojave 10.14.1 (18B75) / both Mac Mini late 2018 and macBookAir late 2018. Each time I type a character in a password field, instead of being displayed as a ...
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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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How to type a long/em dash `—`

When writing emails and articles I often find myself in the need to use a long/em dash — character, not to be confused with the hyphen - character. Normally what I end up doing is I type two ...
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How do I get the Unicode code of a character from the Character Viewer?

I recall that the Character Viewer showed me the Unicode value of any character I selected, but now it doesn't show it anymore. How do I make it show the Unicode value as before? If that makes any ...
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How do you type a character with its ASCII code?

I need to type the form feed character 0x0C in ASCII on my Mac. Is there any way to do this? I've tried using "Emoji and Symbols" from the Edit menu, but it's not in there.
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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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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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Get list of all fonts containing a specific character

On macOS Sierra, I would like to get a usable list of all fonts that cover (contain a glyph for) a particular Unicode character. Is there a way to do that, either via a tool, or the commandline, or ...
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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 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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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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Is it possible to keystroke special characters in AppleScript?

The Bug: For certain special characters and symbols, AppleScript will fail to keystroke the actual character, and will instead simply type the letter a. An Example: The following AppleScript code: ...
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Making the macOS Special Character Popup Menu Appear Everywhere

I find macOS' special character popup menu (the one invoked with a long press on some keys) an incredibly useful feature. For some reason, it seems to work only in Adobe's Illustrator and Photoshop (...
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How can you edit the Accent Menu?

The English language doesn't really include any accented words but other languages do. Yet I like to write using accents and diacritics, as needed in each language (Romanian, French, German, etc.). ...
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How do I type the grave accent/backtick (`) from mac to windows?

I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop v. 8.0.36 (have also tried 8.0.33) to a windows server. When I use the button to the left of 1 on my keyboard, I get a backslash in the remote desktop. If I enable ...
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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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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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The keyboard's plists of PressAndHold also can no longer be modified to add the new accents in El Capitan

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 Methods/...
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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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How to insert a vector notation in Keynote/Pages?

This is different from an overbar. A vector can be any letter topped by a small arrow like so: Is there a way to do this in Mac Keynote/Pages?
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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 do I access special characters on Apple's Smart Keyboard?

I bought the new iPad Pro 10.5" and with it the Apple Smart Keyboard with the US Layout. Now I am constantly switching between writing in german, english and some french. Therefore I would like to ...
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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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Symbol/Special Character use in OS X and iOS

I am looking to insert a special character or symbol into my documents, which are intended to be markdown formatted text files. The symbol is intended to be used to represent a tick box or other tick/...
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Exporting Favorites from Character Viewer

I would like to export the list of Favorites in Character Viewer (which can be launched by selecting "Show Emoji & Symbols" in the menu bar icon for the input source) and import it into a ...
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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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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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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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Customising Lion’s accented letters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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Character Accent Menu doesn't appear anymore in macOS High Sierra

Firstly, this is for High Sierra I've already tried this step: Character Accent Menu doesn't appear anymore in macOS Sierra Add a second language like French in Settings -> Keyboard -> Input ...
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Character Accent Menu doesn't appear anymore in macOS Sierra

Before upgrading to macOS Sierra, I really liked the Character Accent Menu by doing a long press on a key (for example, the character e) and being able to add an accent on it. However, this ...
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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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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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tree command shown Chinese character as unicode

(env) ➜ zhuaxia git:(master) ✗ tree /tmp/test /tmp/test └── 谢211220_3_8 ├── album_description.txt ├── cover.jpg ├── 谢211220;210\230浩231_3_8.mp3 └── 谢211220_3_8.mp3 (env) ➜ zhuaxia ...
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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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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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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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Long press key to reveal special characters does not work after update to High Sierra

I have a similar problem as the asker in this question on Apple's forum. After I updated from Sierra to High Sierra (v10.13.3) on a MBP retina 13" mid 2014, I noticed the character picker (special ...
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Adding to accented characters available on OS X Keyboard

If you hold down a letter then OS X will show you options for accented versions of that character. This is very useful when typing in other languages. However, not all the versions of that letter ...
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Shift-Option-<key> is adding accented characters

On El Capitan (10.11.4) I somehow got into a state where using the key combination shift+option+key outputs accented or special characters. For example shift+option+k :  shift+option+j : Ô ...
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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 ...