Sometimes for work or study, we need specific characters that cannot be found in the official Russian or English layout – an arrow, a mathematical root, a currency symbol, letters and hieroglyphs of other alphabets, etc. In this article, we’ll talk about where to find them on a Mac.
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Something, by the way, can be done with keyboard shortcuts. For example, in the English layout, clicking ⌥Option (Alt) + Z will give you a letter Ω (Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet). To access all special characters, do the following:
How to quickly trigger special characters (emojis, pictograms) on Mac (macOS)
1. Open System settings your Mac and select a section Keyboard.
2. Check the box next to Show Keyboard and Symbols panels in the menu bar.
3. In the status menu, click on the small flag (Russian, American). Two new lines will appear – Show Keyboard Panel and Show Symbols panel.
By clicking on this inscription a virtual keyboard is displayed. Press any of the “optional” keys – and be surprised at how many special characters you can type on it! The usual Russian layout is shown below, and then it is the same, but taking into account the pressed key ⌥Option (Alt).
You can clamp several optional keys at once. Here, for example, are additional English keyboard options obtained using a combination ⌥Option (Alt) + ⇧Shift:
It is enough to press a button on the virtual keyboard, and the desired special character will immediately appear in your text editor.
The disadvantage of this panel is that it shows only those characters that can be typed on your chosen keyboard layouts. In reality, there are much more of them (symbols), so it’s time to move on to the next section.
All Unicode special characters are collected here. Initially, the panel displays ten items – Arrows, Brackets, Punctuation, Currency Symbols (including the ruble icon), Pictograms, Badges / Stars, Math, Alphabetic, Emoji & Latin. Various font options are available, and similar characters are displayed. The special characters used at least once fall into the section Used. You can add new collections – to do this, click on the “gear” in the upper left corner of the window and select Customize list … There are many options here, from the aviation alphabet to ancient writing systems and code tables.