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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2004
    special characters
    I've been doing the Apple thing for about a year, but still have yet to come across a keybooard shortcut to add special characters to a document. In Windows, you can use Alt => 148, for example, to get a German "o" with the umlaut over it. Is there any such method or keyboard shortcut in OS X?

  2. #2

    iWhat's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 11, 2004
    Toledo, Ohio
    Macbook, iMac G5, iPad, iPhone 4, iPod (MANY)!
    It's a lot easier in the mac than Windows, plus more easier to remember!

    Alt + u= , then press the desired letter you would like to have the umlaut over, like . And for the sharp-s or press, Alt + s.

    If you have Tiger, I would recommend this widget:

    Here are a couple more special characters, if you are typing more than German umlauts:

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Dec 28, 2004
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    ****! That was fast and easy. This is why I love this forum. Thanks for the quick and thorough response iWhat.

    UPDATE: I didn't realize the censors of this forum were so stringent. I wouldn't have thought a 4-letter word that started with "d" and ended with "n" would be grounds for censorship. Oh well, I still love this forum.

  4. #4

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    Member Since
    Feb 14, 2004
    Groves, Texas
    13in macbook - 10.11 --- 21in. iMac 10.11 --- HP win 8
    This might help:

    Key Commands for Special Characters
        Option    1
        Option    2
        Option    3
        Option    4
    ∞    Option    5
        Option    6
        Option    7
        Option    8
        Option    9
        Option    0
        Option    a
    ∫    Option    b
        Option    c
    ∂    Option    d
        Option    e    then    a
        Option    e    then    e
        Option    e    then    i
        Option    e    then    o
        Option    e    then    u
        Option    f
        Option    g
    ˙    Option    h
        Option    i    then    a
        Option    i    then    e
        Option    i    then    i
        Option    i    then    o
        Option    i    then    u
    ∆    Option    j
    ˚    Option    k
        Option    l
        Option    m
        Option    n    then    a
        Option    n    then    n
        Option    n    then    o
        Option    o
    π    Option    p
        Option    q
        Option    r
        Option    s
        Option    t
        Option    u    then    a
        Option    u    then    e
        Option    u    then    i
        Option    u    then    o
        Option    u    then    u
    √    Option    v
    ∑    Option    w
    ≈    Option    x
        Option    y
    Ω    Option    z
        Option    `    then    a
        Option    `    then    e
        Option    `    then    i
        Option    `    then    o
        Option    `    then    u
        Option    -
    ≠    Option    =
        Option    [
        Option    ]
        Option    \
        Option    ;
        Option    '
    ≤    Option    ,
    ≥    Option    .
        Option    /
    ⁄    Option    Shift    1
        Option    Shift    2
        Option    Shift    3
        Option    Shift    4
    fi    Option    Shift    5
    fl    Option    Shift    6
        Option    Shift    7
        Option    Shift    8
        Option    Shift    9
        Option    Shift    0
        Option    Shift    a
    ı    Option    Shift    b
        Option    Shift    c
        Option    Shift    d
        Option    Shift    e
        Option    Shift    f
    ˝    Option    Shift    g
        Option    Shift    h
        Option    Shift    i
        Option    Shift    j
        Option    Shift    k
        Option    Shift    l
        Option    Shift    m
        Option    Shift    n
        Option    Shift    o
    ∏    Option    Shift    p
        Option    Shift    q
        Option    Shift    r
        Option    Shift    s
    ˇ    Option    Shift    t
        Option    Shift    u
    ◊    Option    Shift    v
        Option    Shift    w
    ˛    Option    Shift    x
        Option    Shift    y
        Option    Shift    z
    `    Option    Shift    `
        Option    Shift    -
        Option    Shift    =
        Option    Shift    [
        Option    Shift    ]
        Option    Shift    \
        Option    Shift    ;
        Option    Shift    '
        Option    Shift    ,
    ˘    Option    Shift    .
        Option    Shift    /
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  5. #5

    torchy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 25, 2004
    New Zealand
    13" MBA. 15" MBP. iPhone 4. 3G Pad 2.
    You could just put the Character Palette & Keyboard viewer on the Menu bar.
    System Preferences > International > Input menu. at the bottom tick 'Show input menu in menu bar.
    Easy access for all characters and the keyboard viewer will show which character you will get with each key. Press option / shift etc. The green button on the keyboard viewer will make it big enough to see easily :-)
    ~ 13" MacBook Air. OSX 10.9 ~ iPad 2 & iPhone ~

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