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How to Access & Use Different Emoji Skin Tones on Mac

Apr 14, 2015 - 14 Comments
Diverse skin tone emoji in Mac OS X

Now that many of our Emoji characters have various skin tones in iOS and OS X, you may want to access and use the new diverse emoji icon set on the Mac. This is quite simple, but do note that not all Emoji have the diverse skin and hair color options.

Add & Type Symbols, Glyphs, and Special Characters to the iOS Keyboard

Jun 3, 2013 - 3 Comments
Glyphs, symbols, and characters typed in iOS

There are many extra symbols, characters, and glyphs available on iOS that are not immediately accessible, but by adding a new keyboard you can gain access to the glyphs and symbols. This includes fun ones like the   Apple logo and smiley face ☺, and though there is some similarity to emoji, these symbols and … Read More

Enable an Emoji & Special Character Menu Item for Fast Access in Mac OS X

Jan 9, 2013 - 4 Comments
Show the Emoji Character Viewer menu bar item in Mac OS X

Emoji icons are a lot of fun and special characters can be extremely useful, but the standard way of opening the character viewer panel isn’t the smoothest in the world. Fortunately, OS X has an excellent bundled menu bar option that can be enabled to allow for extremely fast Emoji and character access, letting you … Read More

What Does That Emoji Icon Mean Anyway?

Nov 15, 2012 - 17 Comments
What does an emoji character mean

If you’re new to Emoji, you’ll be forgiven for not knowing just what some of these icons and characters are supposed to mean. Many are common sense, while others are a bit of a mystery, but there’s an easy way to find out what a specific Emoji character means just by looking at the icon … Read More

Access Mac Special Characters with the Character Viewer

Sep 10, 2010 - 8 Comments
mac special character view

Special characters can be accessed easily in Mac OS X through a special floating window called the “Character Viewer”. From within this characters menu, you’ll find a list of various dingbats, arrows, parenthesis, foreign currency symbols, pictographs, bullets and stars, math symbols, letterlike symbols, Emoji, and latin characters, plus a helpful “Recently Used” option which … Read More

Type the Square Root Symbol in Mac OS X

Jan 30, 2010 - 4 Comments

Typing the square root symbol in Mac OS X is just a matter of hitting ALT+V √ – ALT+V Note that these are Qwerty English specific instructions, other keyboard layouts and languages will likely vary.

Type Foreign Currency Symbols in Mac OS X

Dec 20, 2009 - 7 Comments
Foreign currency symbols in Mac OS X

You can access and type foreign currency symbols in Mac OS X in much the same way that other special characters are typed out. That means you’ll use a keystroke combined with the “Option” key to type the respective character. A few common currency symbols are available on default keyboard layouts, including the $ dollar, … Read More

How to Type Degree Temperature Symbol in Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2009 - 29 Comments
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Typing the degrees symbol on a Mac or any computer may seem like a giant mystery but it’s actually really easy if you know the proper keyboard shortcut. There are actually tow keyboard shortcuts for typing degree signs in OS X, and you can insert the degree temperature symbol into any Mac OS X app … Read More

Type Accented Letters with Accent Codes in Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2009 - 12 Comments
accent letters mac

Grave, tilde, acute, circumflex, umlaut… all the fun accent codes that you might need to use. So if you need to type an accented letter in Mac OS X, here’s how. To get this type of accent over a letter, type this command followed by the letter you want accented: à – option+` â – … Read More

Type the British Pound Symbol in Mac OS X

Nov 8, 2009 - 28 Comments

£ – Typing the symbol for the British Pound is done by hitting Option+3 in Mac OS X. The keystrokes for typing the pound symbol (or quid symbol) are standard on all Mac keyboards from the USA, though in another nation with another keyboard layout the keyboard shortcut may differ slightly, or the pound symbol … Read More

Type the Euro Symbol € in Mac OS X

Nov 7, 2009 - 7 Comments
euro symbol

€ – If you want to reference the Euro symbol on your Mac, you’ve probably noticed that many keyboards don’t really make it obvious with the euro sign. But typing the Euro symbol in OS X is actually really easy if you know the proper keystrokes. Let’s review how to type the Euro sign on … Read More

How do I type the Cent Symbol on a Mac?

Nov 6, 2009 - 4 Comments

¢ is the symbol for the Cent, and typing it on your Mac may not be as obvious as it should be. But like most of the other special characters, it is actually really easy to type out:

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