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Make backslash \ in terminal (Danish keyboard)

I am using a Danish keyboard language and Danish keyboard layout. When typing in my browser or other applications on my computer, I can make a backslash. In my case I use the combination shift + ...
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Change shortcut system-wide to match keyboard

I know from experience that macOS sets the default keyboard shortcut according to the language choice (and maybe keyboard choice, not sure) at the first setup. Now I set up my new computer to French (...
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Translate recorded message on iPhone

A person left message in foreign language (Mandarin) on my iPhone. Please inform what should be done for translate it by voice and have text of this message.
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What enables/prevents changing language for a given application?

In theory, I can configure (via the system preferences) any application to run under a specific language (different from the default system langauge). However, for some applications this option is ...
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How to configure Norwegian Windows keyboard on a Mac? Should display @, not ™

New Mac user here. I got a Mac Mini for testing at work, and connected a Norwegian Logitech Bluetooth Windows keyboard to it. This mostly works well, but some of the keys result in different character ...
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Upper/lower AM/PM in Menubar clock -- different between Macs

My Mac is configured for the Australia region. I have one Mac running Sonoma 14.4 that displays my time in the menubar as: Mon 25 Mar 4:30 PM I have another Mac running Sonoma 14.3.1 that shows it as:...
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Disable special characters such as Tilde (German keyboard)

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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Change highlight color for deadkey previews (like accents: `´^¨) in terminal app

I've been tweaking the theme / color preferences in the Terminal.app a bit, after a while I found that when pressing a diacritical mark/accent/dead key there's a highlighted yellow rectangle showing a ...
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Separate keyboard layout for each window in macOS Monterey

Is there a way to set up keyboard layouts preferences to have a separate layout for each window? Use case described step by step: I use two keyboard layouts: English and non-English one. I often open ...
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MacOS Pinyin input method currency symbol

From what I gathered, it seems that the Pinyin simplified input method hardcoded that Shift+4 inputs a Yuan symbol ¥, and I don't see a way to change it to other currency symbols. I would like it to ...
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Can I show a 24-Hour clock on my Mac's Lock Screen?

I just got a MacBook Pro, and different from my iMac is that I'll be using the lock-screen much more on this one. I noticed that in the upper right corner of the lock screen, the time is shown, but ...
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Invoking shortcut via Siri overrides dictation language specification

When I activate a shortcut using Siri, the language specification in the Dictation action appears to be ignored, causing the Dictation to use the phone's default language rather than the one specified....
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Photo memories created in a different language

I'm using Apple Cloud photo library. From time to time new photo memory is created and shared with me on my iPhone photo widget (see https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207023 to see exact feature I'm ...
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How can I make my caps lock indicate the current input language?

After a decade on Linux, I've recently transitioned to an ARM MacBook for its convenience and user experience. On my previous Linux-powered HP, I configured the Caps Lock LED to indicate when the ...
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Customising the system locale’s date format in recent macOS versions

It used to be possible to freely customize the system date format in Mac OS preferences up to some 10.x version with a nice and flexible editor. In current Ventura, there’s only a selection of ...
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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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Is it possible to choose which language to send in Safari and Safari web app requests?

I'm seeking a method to select the language preference for webpages while using Safari 17.1 on Sonoma 14.1. In my specific use case, the OS language is set to English (UK) as the primary language and ...
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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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Character viewer missing Unicode blocks

I just switched from OS 10.9 to OS 10.14, and the character viewer (aka "Show Emoji & Symbols") looks like this: Where have all the other Unicode blocks (e.g. Greek and Coptic, Cyrillic,...
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Removing language icon from input fields after upgrading to macOS Sonoma

After upgrading my operating system from macOS Ventura to macOS Sonoma, I've noticed that now when I change the input language, an icon indicating the current language appears in the input fields. ...
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How do I type ² or 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. These are the mathematical symbols ...
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Some apps unexpectedly sorting "Aa" after "Z" (Danish Collation)

This is on Ventura 13.5.2, a machine where I've migrated through many computers and versions of Mac OS X, so there could be some lingering cruft causing this problem. To the best of my knowledge, I've ...
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MacBook Pro password contains #\~- symbols how do i get this correct

I have just purchased a new MacBook Pro and having a lot of difficulty trying to log in, the keyboard has been set to British and my password contains the following characters # I press the following ...
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How to prevent Safari from offering translation for the primary language of the device?

As the title is self-descriptive, despite my device's primary language is English, Safari still offers translations for the pages in English. How can I prevent Safari from offering translation for the ...
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How to make Safari reader use appropriate language for website content?

Suppose that I'm a person who uses Safari Reader to read webpages out loud, and that I'm multilingual and like to consume content in more than one language. (English and Spanish, say.) If I set my ...
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How can I edit macOS system localization files?

Recently, Apple has decided to force gendered expressions in the German locale. They say there is no way to undo this, so I've been trying to sniff out a way to change the affected strings on my own. ...
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What does "Other Languages" item in iPhone settings mean?

What does the Other Languages... item found below iPhone Language under Settings app → General → Language & Region mean? Tapping on the item shows me two sections, namely: IPHONE LANGUAGES and ...
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Enter "vertical bar" (or "pipe symbol") in Windows

I have my MacBook late 2008 sometimes running Windows 7 via BootCamp. The keyboard has a German layout. Pretty much like the Wikimedia image below except that the blue symbols in the lowest line are ...
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What affects the color of the input source icon in Ventura?

I noticed that on my machine the icon of the ABC and U.S. input source (either set as default) has a filled in background, but on my friend's machine the same input source has a clear background. I've ...
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tar can't extract the archive - tar: "Failed to set default locale" [duplicate]

I have set LANG to en_GB.utf8. I received a tar archive, which I can list fine with tar tf FILENAME, but when I want to extract it with tar xf FILENAME, no file is extracted, and I get the error ...
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Error message about `cal` regarding locale

MacOS 12.6.5, running zsh: I just noticed, that when I type cal I get the error message cal: setlocale: No such file or directory along with the calender to be displayed. Why is this the case? More ...
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iOS French keyboard - how to get rid of " spaces around quotes "?

I use French keyboard as a second layout, for English too. It's nice, but one MAJOR problem drives me nuts - weirdly styled quotes formatting. Look: Spaces are added between quotes and words inside ...
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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 to type ə (the schwa character) on macOS?

The wikipedia article for ə says, “In MacOS with the U.S. Extended keyboard, the letters Ə ə are made with Option+Shift+: followed by shift+A or a respectively.” When I follow these instructions (on ...
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How to enter Hungarian characters ő (long ö) and ű (long ü) on a Mac with German keyboard layout?

I found that I can write characters with single acute accent, but there is no double acute accent present on my German keyboard. What is the simplest and shortest workaround to enter ő (long ö) and ű (...
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Type Lambda λ on a Mac? [duplicate]

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 do you type Theta on a Mac?

I know option o comes out to ø? So I have been using that as my theta. But I would love to know how to type Theta for a mac?
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iPad restrictions in the UAE

I'm looking at buying a new iPad (M1 Air version) and I have two options: either from the UAE or one that's imported from the US. The one on the UAE is actually cheaper (special circumstances) and I ...
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How to make ' and < map to the right keys (force change from ANSI to ISO)?

My separate keyboard (a Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate with ISO layout) has, to my chagrin, a different and erroneous keyboard mapping than the MacBook's built-in (also ISO). The biggest annoyance is the ...
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Incorrect phone number format when dialing from iPhone

iPhoneXs iOS 13.4 (also affected 13.3.x) Carrier: AT&T e-SIM (no physical SIM) On a recent trip out of the U.S. I added a 2nd SIM card and a local calling plan (Turkcell) so I could use my phone ...
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Difference between US English QWERTY and International English QWERTY Apple keyboards?

What exactly is the difference between US English QWERTY and International English QWERTY Apple keyboards? I'm talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System ...
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When changing keyboard input language, I want to change the font size too

I take notes (in Notes mainly) in both English and Korean, so I switch keyboard input language frequently. A font size of 13 is good for english, but the Korean characters are more readable with a ...
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MacOS Ventura Date Format Broken

In System Settings, General, Language & Region, Date format, I choose year/month/day. But Finder still shows dates in confusing month/day/year. This was not a problem prior to updating macOS to ...
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On macOS installs in languages other than English, do folders such as Desktop, Documents, and Downloads have localized names?

I always set up my mac to use (Australian) English but if I installed it choosing a different language, would that change the names of the user folders such as Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc? And ...
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How can I change the Han character font in the search list of Dictionary.app?

I’ve created a custom dictionary with the Dictionary Development Kit and added it to Dictionary.app on my Mac. It’s working fine but there is one stylistic issue I would like to fix. The dictionary is ...
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Different French keyboard layout

There are 2 Mac French keyboard layouts. The standard one : And another one : I would like to use the second kind of keyboard on Windows. Meaning now if I plug it, the keys don't match, what gets ...
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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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Keep folder names the same on all places

I localized my Mac to Brazilian Portuguese so the folder names appear as "Imagens", "Documentos" in Finder, but on the terminal the English names are kept: "Documents", &...
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Safari translates all languages... except Korean?

Safari on macOS offers page translations for nearly any language I throw at it. Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French. But not Korean. This behavior is strange. On iOS 16, Safari will translate Korean ...
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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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