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How Do I Type Special Characters In Mac OS X?

Question:

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)

Answer:

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.

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