How to: Special character keyboard shortcuts in OS X

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Tips and How To's
    Link: How to: Special character keyboard shortcuts in OS X
    Description:: There are perhaps two and a half ways to access or type special characters in Mac OS X. The first is to hunt and peck for the symbol you need using the Special Character Viewer (System Preferences > Keyboard > …

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  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    So how do I type the name of the band Spın̈al Tap? ;)
  3. furi0usbee macrumors 68000


    Jul 11, 2008
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Is there an n with an umlaut there?
  5. jiminaus, Dec 16, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010

    jiminaus macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2010
    There is no precomposed n with umlaut (also known as diaeresis) in Unicode. However all the diacritics are available in a combining form which can be used to compose any combination of letter and diacritic.

    To access these combining form:
    1. Bring up the Characters window with Edit > Special Characters...
    2. Drop-down the view menu and change it to All Characters.
    3. Expand the disclosure triangle next to European Scripts.
    4. Click on Diacritics.

    To use these combining forms:
    1. Insert the base letter either through the Characters windows or typing the letter.
    2. Insert the diacritic. The diacritic will appear above or below the previous letter, not next to it.

    So to type Spın̈al Tap (using the names of the characters from Unicode).
    1. Latin Capital Letter S
    2. Latin Small Letter P
    3. Latin Small Letter Dotless I
    4. Latin Small Letter N
    5. Combining Diaeresis
    6. Latin Small Letter A
    7. Latin Small Letter L
    8. Space
    9. Latin Capital Letter T
    10. Latin Small Letter A
    11. Latin Small Letter P

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