How to type these two characters: ,

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by baryon, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    I'm aware that you can type international characters in two ways in Lion and Mountain Lion: You can either press and hold the key and choose the character, or you can press Alt + Key followed by another key to type accents on characters.

    However, I am unable to find a way to type these two characters: ű, ő (u with two accents, and o with two accents). These are Hungarian characters by the way, and they are used very commonly in Hungarian, and it would be great if there would be a way for me to type them quickly and easily.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to add characters to the menu that appears when you press and hold a key? Do these change when you change your language, or keyboard settings, etc…?

  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Have you experimented with changing the keyboard to the Hungarian keyboard under Language & Text in System Preferences?

    You could also set up a symbol and text substitution...

    All the unicode information is here, just incase you figure out how to create your own mapping from a key combo to a unicode character.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    Thanks! Yes I can change the keyboard to Hungarian, but that will change so many things, such as swapping Z and Y, completely rearranging []()-=,./` and even the number keys, so I can't work with that. I don't often type in Hungarian so it's also not what I'm looking for.

    Symbol substitution sounds like a good idea, I could actually set that up to replace some characters I'd never use anyway!
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Arizona, USA
    These are characters with a "double acute" and they cannot be displayed with a US keyboard layout. Here are the Unicode numbers:

    Ű = Unicode #368
    ű = Unicode #369
    Ő = Unicode #336
    ő = Unicode #337

    What can be easily displayed with a US keyboard layout are the German "Umlaute" ä, ö and ü with two dots on them by pressing ALT+U and then the a or o or u. But I guess you know that already and are not interested to use these characters.

    I know this and could display the double acute characters because I use PopChar, are truly great program that can show all characters of a font and can also copy them into any document with just a click.
  5. thread starter macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    Thanks! I might give that app a go then!
  6. macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    On Mountain Lion, if you hold down the character (say, the 'u' character), you'll get an iOS-style popup with numbers for the various options (ü is 2, so hold down u and press 2; the popup will stay up even after you release u until you press another non-number character).

    Edit: Oops - read more carefully; you're aware of this and those aren't umlauts. OK. Try the special characters menu (on Safari it's Edit > Special Characters..., but it varies between apps - you can search in the help menu to find where it is in the app you're looking for)

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