Keyboard symbols and characters. Where?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kenn, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. kenn macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    How do you find symbols/characters on a MacBook keyboard? I was on a Mac suited for a small EU country and the characters, like "}" , were just not easy to find. Is there a layout one can have on the screen to find characters and symbols fast?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Are you referring to Edit > Special Characters?
  3. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2008
    You can go to System Pref -> International -> Input Menu and

    1. tick "Show input menu ..."
    2. Character palette
    3. Tick also US layout (or better tick English International that has the same number of keys - US has one less).

    afterward, from the menu bar you can
    - switch to US layout and type as if you were on a US keyboard
    - open the character palette and look for the symbol

    On the italian keyboard, { } and other symbols are missing. You can obtain those braces (on IT layout and on others without curly braces) by pressing
    opt+shift+[ ]

  4. pcrecord macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2009
    How to find symbols and characters on the Mac

    Hi everyone,

    I see you were looking for information on the Character Viewer. This has now changed a little from the Mac OS X to Leopard. I have created a detailed post and free ebook on the subject.

    To visit the post please go to: How to find symbols and characters on the Mac

    For the free ebook on the Keyboard and Character Viewer this can be downloaded directly. Download the Keyboard and Character Viewer ebook

    I hope you enjoy the information, and hope this helps everyone with the Characters and Symbols on the Mac.

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