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How Do I Type Special Characters In Mac OS X?


I'm having trouble figuring out how to type various special characters in Mac OS X. Is there any easy way to see which key does what?
- Asked by Carol B. April 5th, 2011 (Updated: December 9th, 2014)


The best way to see the options for special characters in Mac OS X is to use the Keyboard Viewer. Go to System Preferences->Keyboard and select the Keyboard tab, then check the box that says "Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar".

Now in your menu bar you can select the Keyboard Viewer. Select Keyboard Viewer and experiment with holding down Option, Option+Shift, etc. to see the different key combinations mapped on the keyboard. You can also use the Character Viewer to select special characters by category.