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

In OS X Lion, there is a very useful feature for people like me who need to write in multiple languages, which pops up a small menu of additional characters when you hold down a letter. For instance, ...
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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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Is it possible to launch a program in a specific language?

I'm a developer, and my primary language is French, so I use Mac OS X in French. However, I need on a regular basis to open an application in English to do support. Right now I'm going to the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What is the Mac keyboard key with a symbol ⌅ of an up arrow pointing into a horizontal line?

On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / ...
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How to switch language of OS X dictionary?

In Mountain Lion the OS X internal dictionary that you can fire up by right clicking a word, or by using the dashboard widget, seems to have gained at least one new language: German. Since German is ...
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Decimal comma in Spanish keyboard layout

I have a Spanish layout keyboard (in Snow Leopard). Whenever I use the dot, or comma, in the numeric keyboad (right of the 0) it always shows a comma, but I'd prefer if it entered a dot, just like PCs ...
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How do I type a tilde in spanish keyboard?

It is difficult work with the Terminal if you can't type the tilde. Does anybody know how to do this using a Spanish keyboard?
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Disable diacritics auto insertion like á and é on macOS

I need to work on an old iMac sporting High Sierra for some time. The problem I have is that pressing the keys ' then e outputs é, when I would like it to simply print 'e. Same for ' then a. I am ...
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Set different display and format language on macOS Sierra

On El Capitan and before I could set a different format language than the display language in OS X. So the UI of OS X would be English, while the date and number formatting would be Dutch. However ...
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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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How to change the language of the App Store to be able to see accurate star ratings?

I have an iTunes account with an Italian billing address; because of this Apple assumes that I want the app store in Italian which is not the case. Part of the UI is in Italian (other parts are in ...
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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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How to change the default macOS login window keyboard layout?

I type using a keyboard layout other than the standard QWERTY. This question will apply to those who type using Dvorak, Colemak, QWERTZ, or any other international or non-standard keyboard layout. My ...
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Add languages to OSX dictionary

The native OSX dictionary (hover + 3-finger-tap) does not work for the Hebrew language. The example below shows its reluctance to interpret the word פרסומת, a valid Hebrew word. Any ideas how to add ...
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How do I use spell check in OSX with several languages?

I often need to write emails in French that contain English technical words and it seems that the spell check in OSX can't understand that a document can contain both languages. The result is either ...
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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 is the Apple Watch ECG disabled in certain countries?

In Japan there will not be ECG for potentially many years until it makes it through mountains of bureaucracy. I haven't tried a different Apple ID to enable the ECG, but I heard others have tried ...
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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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Wrong date format in the menu bar

I set up some custom date formats, and while at first the date in the menu bar did honor them, now I've noticed it stopped and it's just using a standard one. How do I switch it back? Screenshot: ...
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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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Character Picker stopped working in OS X Lion

Character picker inexplicably stopped working tonight in OS X Lion. I was trying to type in Spanish but now the keys which used to accept tildes or accents are merely repeating. I tried entering the ...
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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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How to access Greek symbols on macOS from a basic keyboard without copy/paste?

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 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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Is there a Mac OS X Command Line application that can convert text encodings from one type to another? (Specifically to convert Mac OS Roman to utf8)

I would like to call a command line utility in Mac OS X 10.8 that gives me the ability to convert a text file saved in standard Western Mac OS Roman encoding to the more generic UTF-8. I will be ...
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How to use Character Viewer with only keyboard and no mouse?

I'm looking for a mouseless/mouse-free solution. And I want to use the whole Character Viewer-- not just certain characters. I can open the Character Viewer with CTRL+CMD+SPACE, but it doesn't have ...
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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 change date format on menu bar without extra apps?

This is how it looks right now These are my "Language & Region" settings There is clearly a bug involved. I don't want use an app to solve such ridiculously simple prolem. It should be reading ...
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Change the default keyboard input when logging into macOS Big Sur

Since upgrading to Big Sur, my default keyboard input during the login screen is always 'U.S.'. I need to manually switch it to 'French'. Is there a way for me to set 'French' as defaut? In fact, I do ...
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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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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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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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LANG variable wrong in iTerm2, where's the bug?

Today I noticed that when opening TortoiseHG the app was in Dutch (partially, not fully translated it seems). Looking around in my environment I found out that LANG=nl_NL.UTF-8. It is indeed true ...
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How to access wireless channel 13 and above from a US Mac Book Pro?

When traveling internationally and connecting to an 802.11g wireless network I'm unable to connect because non-US access points default to using channel 13 and up. From what I hear if the Mac Book Pro ...
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Mojave and its non-respect of the AppleLocale preference

This is a new (Mojave) version of a question posted two years ago here. Being a French speaking bilingual Canadian, I have always had my macOS computers configured in English (because I prefer using ...
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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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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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Using international phone numbers on iPhone

edit: 1 accepted answer but still no (good) solution! :( In my previous phone carrier I could just dial +55 11 99883655 and it would just work. Now I moved to a new carrier and it doesn't work ...
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Finnish spell checker for Pages.app '09?

Can anyone tell me where I can find a Finnish spell checker for OS X Pages '09 as it is not available through Apple?
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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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Setting and using a "language" property of an audio file in iTunes?

I'm a linguaphile, and I have lots of audio files in different languages in iTunes.  I would like the ability to tag a file with the language code, and to see and/or sort by that tag. I have no use ...
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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 I have ...
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Mountain Lion US keyboard layout .. bug? British layout when selected US keyboard

When I change my input source to US Keyboard and I want to press this key: ` I get some British key. My keyboard is this one: And it behaves like this one: I changed my keyboard layout like ...
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Does anyone know how to disable unicode text input in text fields?

I absolutely love the Cocoa text engine. A few modifications to a little xml file - ~/Library/DefaultKeyBinding.dict - and you can get just about any key sequence to work in any standard Cocoa text ...
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Change language in OS X El Capitan in login menu

I have a Mac Mini with OS X El Capitan and I'm trying to login, but my password is Russian and I can't change the language, because Russian isn't available in language menu. I am using a keyboard ...
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