interrobang!?

luisaw

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Aug 12, 2007
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hi there,
would anyone know the mac keyboard shortcut for the 'interrobang' (question mark and exclamation mark combined)? I would love to know! :confused: :) :cool:
please help!
 

TheAnswer

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Jan 25, 2002
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The ‽ is not widely supported by a lot of fonts, so the easiest way to get it may be to open up the Character palette (command-option-T) and see if the font you are using features it.
 

luisaw

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Aug 12, 2007
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re: interrobang

thanks for the reply. i'm a bit slow, what is command-option on a mac, apple-...?
how did you type the interrobang?
 

swiftaw

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Bring up the Character Palette by pressing Option+Command+T or Alt+Apple+T
Look through the list of available symbols to find the one you are looking for, such as this one ‽
 

kostia

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Apr 14, 2007
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Here are the steps I followed to be able to type an interrobang. I'm sure there are easier ways.

In System Preferences > International, enable the "Unicode Hex Input" keyboard layout. Also check "Character Palette" so both of these appear in your menu bar under your American flag icon (or whatever flag your default keyboard layout is).

Launch TextEdit, which is one of the few programs to play nicely with the Unicode hex input.

From the menu bar icon, switch your keyboard layout to Unicode Hex Input. Then click the icon again and select Show Character Palette. Choose Punctuation in the left menu. The interrobang is in the top row, fifth from the left. Click on it once, then hold the mouse over it and note that its Unicode equivalent is 203D.

In the bottom part of the window (click the triangle next to "Font Variation" if it's collapsed), you should see "Collections: Containing selected character." This will show what fonts are active on your system that contain the interrobang. Set TextEdit to use one of these fonts. Few fonts have the interrobang character; examples of some that do that happen to be open on my machine right now are Helvetica Regular and Bold and Lucida Grande Regular and Bold.

In your TextEdit window, hold down the Option key and type 203D. An interrobang should appear.

The thing is, option+203D will not enter an interrobang in every application, or in every font, and will only work with the Unicode Hex Input keyboard layout active. You can type one in TextEdit and copy and paste it to another application, but it will appear as a plain old question mark or garbage character if that application's display font doesn't understand it.
 

atomshrek

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Feb 4, 2016
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hi there,
would anyone know the mac keyboard shortcut for the 'interrobang' (question mark and exclamation mark combined)? I would love to know! :confused: :) :cool:
please help!
Sorry to post on this super old thread, but I found this while I was trying to figure out how to do this. Here's what I figured out. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Text, and create a shortcut. See the attachment for what I did. I used "?!" as the text that will be replaced, and just pasted in "‽" to the replace with section.

NOTE: This doesn't work in all applications, but it works for me in word processors and note taking apps.
 

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arkaycee

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Feb 14, 2012
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Coming late to this party, but I needed to find out how to type one (since I was explaining it an an email), and simply copy-pasted it from a reply above. :) Not the best generic solution, but sometimes in a one-off, the best solutions can be out-of-the-box.