Apple option key characters
If you often type characters with diacritical marks, it may be quicker to use dead keys (a modifier key pressed with another key to enter a letter with a diacritical mark).
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How do you type special characters with this
Choose Show Keyboard Viewer from this menu, and you’ll see an onscreen representation of your keyboard. (This virtual keyboard matches your physical keyboard’s layout, so it may not look exactly like what you see in this video.) By default, you see standard keys, but if you press modifier keys—Shift, Command, Option, and Control—or combinations of modifier keys, you’ll notice that the keys on the screen change. For example, pressing Shift and Option changes the K key to an Apple symbol (). This means that you can type an Apple symbol at any time by pressing Shift+Option+K, even if Keyboard Viewer isn’t open. (You can also click the key in Keyboard Viewer to type it immediately.)
Some of them can be made from the US keyboard via option/alt or option/alt plus shift. You can see which ones by opening the Keyboard Viewer and depressing those keys.
I have a similar question to Graham668, however I am not using Spanish but rather am a frequent user of mathematical symbols: § (alt 76), ½ (alt 676), α (alt 779), ß (alt 775), π (alt 777), Σ (alt 778), σ (alt 779), µ (alt 785), τ (alt 786), Θ (alt 788), Ω (alt 789), δ (alt 785), φ (alt 787), ε (alt 788), ± (alt 796), ≥ (alt 797), ≤ (alt 798), ÷ (alt 796), ≈ (alt 797), ° (alt 798), ∙ (alt 799).
The use of the Option (alt key) works brilliantly for the accented Latin provided you use Alt+e first then type the letter to get á, é, í, ó and ú. And alt plus n followed by n gives ñ. Fantastic! But I'm still struggling with introductory exclamation marks and question marks.
Before switching to Apple Mac, I was a PC/Windows user virtually since its inception. Already I am missing many of the features you can get on Windows, one of which seems to be the use of ASCII codes.
Note that Keyboard Viewer reflects the available characters in the frontmost app’s current font, so a particular key combination may produce different results in a different app or font.
Earlier this year, I reviewed a great utility called Characters that makes it simple to find and type special characters using a systemwide menu. But you don’t need third-party software: Here are three ways to access special characters in OS X.
To use a keyboard shortcut, press and hold one or more modifier keys and then press the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use Command-C (copy), press and hold the Command key, then the C key, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys , including modifier keys:
(The downside of this feature is that you can’t hold down one of these keys to repeatedly type it. If you’d rather use one of the other methods, below, to access special versions of these characters, so that you can get key repeating back, you can use this hint.)
So, does anyone know how I can use ASCII codes thus enabling me to keep typing without having to take my hands off the keyboard? This will speed up my output considerably.
Perhaps most useful is Character Viewer’s search field. If you know what you’re looking for, but you can’t find it, type part of the character’s name—such as euro or smil —to show only matching characters.
Holding down keys If you’re running OS X Mountain Lion, you can type some characters—specifically, those that are accented or modified versions of common letters—by simply holding down the base character. For example, if you need to type an accented E, just hold down the E key for a second or so you’ll see a popover displaying the available variations on the letter E. Click one, or press the number corresponding to it, to type that character. On a . English keyboard, this trick works for A, C, E, I, L, N, O, S, U, Y, and Z.
Your Mac’s keyboard makes it easy to type any of the standard characters—the ones used most frequently in everyday typing. But OS X lets you use hundreds of special characters that don’t appear on your keyboard’s keys. These include special symbols for currency and punctuation, symbols, and much more.
the common ones like ñ and å etc are easily accessed by holding the Option (alt) key, when pressing the relevant letter key. Opening question marks - similarly hold the Option key when pressing the one for a ? like ¿
It would probably be more common to open Character Viewer (Edit Special Characters) and put all those in the Favorites section, where you could just double click on them or drag/drop to enter.
When I was typing in Spanish on my PC and wanted to use á or ñ, for example, all I had to do was hold down the Alt key and type either 5775 or 5796 and immediately those characters dropped into place in whatever application I was using. (And I only had to learn about 65 codes and that was Spanish covered!) But in Apple it seems incredibly more cumbersome. I have to take my hand away from my keyboard, go to the mouse, in Safari go to Edit, then Special Characters, then go through the various lists to find the character I need, then use the mouse to click Insert. Phew, what a palaver! And it's a different menu in Word, Excel, etc.
On keyboards made for Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command. Some keys on some Apple keyboards have special symbols and functions, such as for display brightness , keyboard brightness , Mission Control, and more. If these functions aren't available on your keyboard, you might be able to reproduce some of them by creating your own keyboard shortcuts. To use these keys as F6, F7, F8, or other standard function keys, combine them with the Fn key.