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OS X Lion: See the special characters or symbols you can enter using keyboard shortcuts

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See the special characters or symbols you can enter using keyboard shortcuts

You can use the Keyboard Viewer to help you learn which keyboard shortcuts to use to enter special characters or symbols.

If you don’t see the special character or symbol you want to use, enter the special character or symbol using the Character Viewer.

Enter special characters and symbols

Turn on the Keyboard Viewer

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Language & Text, and then click Input Sources.
  2. Select the Keyboard & Character Viewer checkbox.
  3. Make sure the checkbox next to each input source you want to use is selected and that “Show Input menu in menu bar” is selected.

See the special characters or symbols you can enter

  1. Choose Show Keyboard Viewer from the Input menu in the menu bar (looks like a flag or character).
  2. Press any modifier key or combination of modifier keys to see the different special characters or symbols you can type.

    For example, hold down the Option key or the Option and Shift keys.

  3. To place a special character or symbol that you see in the Keyboard Viewer in your document, press the modifier key or keys you pressed in step 2 and press the key on your keyboard that is in the same place as the special character or symbol you see in the Keyboard Viewer.
Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013
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