The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Friday, August 10, 2007

Character Palette!

I was a Mac user many years ago with System 7. When I came back to the Mac in the early days of OS X, one of the things that I really missed was the character palette. I could go there and find all kinds of symbols that I had no idea how to do on the keyboard. Well it turns out it's still there in OS X, but not as a standalone application anymore. It is really part of every application. You can get in the "Edit" menu of nearly all applications or by using "Option - Command - T". This is what you will get:


Blogger TiVO said...

Great! thanks!
only, i donĀ“t understand how to apply it to whatever I'm writting, it says "apply" but i cannot see where it puts it, and it dosn't allow to copy-paste.

August 9, 2007 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

just drag and drop the character you want, or press insert.

August 9, 2007 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the tip.

I tried it in Word, but the Character Palette did not appear. I did not find it via help or in the Formatting Palette.

What am I missing?

August 9, 2007 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great Tip !! thanks a bunch! keep up the great work :-)

August 9, 2007 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Not every application. It works in Terminal, for example, but not in Firefox.

August 10, 2007 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Off the topic but has anyone noticed that the last Apple eNews is dated June 21? It comes out every 2 weeks and I like to read it but has not come out since June 21st.

What gives?

August 10, 2007 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger david said...

its also under the flag icon at the top

August 10, 2007 at 1:12 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


Or you could head down to System Preferences > International, under the 'Input Menu' tab, put a tick on 'Character Palette', and another tick on 'Show input menu bar'. You could easily access the character palette then.

August 10, 2007 at 4:20 AM  
Blogger Addie said...

Colleen, in Word it's located under Insert -> Symbol. Good luck!

August 10, 2007 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Oliver said...

i actually wrote a tip on my blog a while ago on how you can use Option+(key on keyboard) or Option+shift+(key on keyboard) to accesss the different characters. I made an image of all the characters. You can find that here.

My Mac-Tipping Blog

August 10, 2007 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the tips Jaryd, Addie, and MacTipper.
I learned that the "symbol palette" is different from the character palette. I apprciate the keyboard shortcuts too: lots of options. I'm good to go.

August 11, 2007 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Joanie said...

Thanks for the tip!!

I know that there is also a widget for that and I'm looking for it without succes. Does anyone knows how it is named and in which category it is?

August 13, 2007 at 1:18 AM  

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