Handy Reference for Every Character Key on a Mac

Ever wanted to type the copyright icon, or do an accent over an A without having to resort to some character palette? Who hasn’t struggled looking inside a dingbat font folder for one of these like an umlaut?

Well the good folks over at GoSquared via their blog Liquidicity have developed three handy PDF docs (or one master) for you to download and use! These help sheets reference all of the characters that aren’t listed on your Mac keyboard along with their shortcut keys to make your life easier.

For example:

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Or some of these:

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You can download all three style reference sheets here.  Well done, GoSquared!

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4 responses to “Handy Reference for Every Character Key on a Mac

  1. Lantz

    While on the subject of keyboard characters, I’m a desktop publisher and missed the OS 9 program called KeyCaps that showed me all the characters available by simply holding down the keys, like Control, Option or Command. For a while I was even using KeyCaps in Classic mode until finally all my major programs went OS X. I searched and found something similar at Versiontracker, called Keyboard Viewer. Open the program, choose your font in the pop down menu, and hold down the different combinations of keys to see the entire spectrum of possiblities on a little keyboard on your desktop. Very handy.

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/23422

  2. Tim

    @Lantz:

    Is there a reason you can’t use the Keyboard Viewer built into the Finder? In the System Preferences, click on the International pane, then the Input Menu button to see your choices. Check the box to turn on the Keyboard Viewer, then you can select it from the menu bar at will.

    Just checking…

  3. System Preferences > International > Input Menu tab. Click to check Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer. Those two palettes are then available under your country flag icon in your menu bar.

  4. More specifically: System Preferences > International > Input Menu tab. Click check boxes for Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer. Select your keyboard layout from the countries shown. Click check box for “Show input menu in menu bar.” Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer are now available under your country flag icon in your menu bar. Press Option or Option-Shift to see symbols in Keyboard Viewer. Click to insert in your document. Common fractions are available under Character Palette > Digits. And square root is found in Character Palette > Math. √ Along with many others. 🙂

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