Special Characters Missing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by KaPOWitsCHRIS, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. KaPOWitsCHRIS macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2010
    Coventry, UK
    You know how you can hold down on a key and it'd come up with variations of that letter with accents? Well, somehow that feature has been disabled on my Mac and now all that happens when I hold down, for example an E is this eeeeeeeeee until I let go. I've had a quick look around in my system preferences and I can't seem to find an option to enable/disable it so I'm stumped.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    To see how you keyboard is being used try to follow these steps"

    1. Quit all running programs.

    2. Navigate to System Preferences->Language & Text and put checkmarks in the boxes for 'Keyboard & Character Viewer' and then scroll down to your country's Flag until it shows in you Finder menu bar.

    3. Click on you Flag and select 'Keyboard Assistant' and it will appear (you can drag it around and then see what your keyboard inputs actually are.

    Lastly you can also 'Select Character Viewer' and select certain characters you want to add.
  3. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Option key + e will type an accent mark and highlight it yellow then type e and it will be é. Same with n ñ and others. As satcomer said, look at your keyboard character viewer.

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