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

Jun 3, 2013 - Leave a Comment
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 - 3 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 - 15 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 - 5 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 - 24 Comments
Type degree symbol in Mac OS X

You can insert the degree temperature symbol into any Mac OS X app by hitting the following key command: Option+Shift+8 produced one like this: Temperature Symbol: 85° Option+K types a symbol like this: Degree Symbol: 24˚ These keystrokes are universal and supported by everywhere you can type in OS X, it doesn’t matter what app … Read More

Type Accented Letters with Accent Codes in Mac OS X

Nov 11, 2009 - 10 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 - 25 Comments

£ – Typing the symbol for the British Pound is done by hitting Option+3 in Mac OS X This should come in handy the next time you’re in the UK with your Mac! Most Mac system fonts will have the ability to type the British Pound symbol but some of the fancier aftermarket fonts will … Read More

Type the Euro Symbol in Mac OS X

Nov 7, 2009 - 4 Comments
euro symbol

€ – If you want to reference the Euro symbol on your Mac, type the following command: € Euro Symbol – Option+Shift+2 A friend of mine just asked “How do I type the Euro symbol in OS X?” and he’s pretty tech savvy, so if he didn’t know than I’m sure many others don’t. The … Read More

How do I type the Cent Symbol on a Mac?

Nov 6, 2009 - 2 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: Just hit Option+4 to type the cent symbol as shown here: ¢ Typing this should work in … Read More

How to type the Apple Logo

Nov 6, 2009 - 42 Comments

Typing the Apple Logo is a fun little trick that’s easy to do and looks pretty cool:  So how do you do it with your Mac keyboard? Option+Shift+K will type the Apple logo as so:  I have no idea what this is displayed like to a Windows user, so don’t be surprised if … Read More

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