How to write special characters on Apple Computers

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If you have recently moved from PC to an Apple computer, or are using a different keyboard to the one you are habituated to, you might be a little puzzled by the arrangements of keys. For an instance, if you are writing any Spanish phrase like ‘Cómo te VA?’ and you don’t know how to type the special symbols, accents, and more, then we’ve got you covered.

Special characters, also known as the diacritical marks, maybe more usual in certain languages, but even English speakers may need to apply them in numerous circumstances. Native English speakers probably not have learned how to add the marks to emails, documents, or other writings on their Apple computers, as they are so rare in English.

Without wasting any further time, Here’s how you can make it possible.

In order to access more common diacritical marks, all you need to do is just hold down the key for the letter you want to make use of until a small numbered menu appears on your mac screen. Now the small numbered menu that’ll pop up will show all of the diacritical marks that are available for that letter; just type the exact number, and the letter having the mark will show up on your mac screen.

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If you hold down the “e” key, all of the available diacritical marks will appear with numbers.

Use the keyboard viewer

Other than that, there are numerous other diacritical marks that you may want to make use of, that you can open by holding down the Option key on your computer’s keyboard and then clicking the appropriate key you want to. Not sure one is an appropriate key? You can use a Keyboard Viewer that will let you view all of the variations. 

It’s exceedingly simple to search for the Keyboard Viewer if you have got the icon for the Input Menu in the menu bar.

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The icon for the Input Menu appears in the upper right menu bar.

Here’s how to get it into your menu bar if you didn’t see it.

Just go to Apple menu > then System Preferences > and Keyboard. Click on the Input Sources tab and look out for the checkbox labeled as “Show Input menu in menu bar.” Check it, If it’s not checked.

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To get the Input Menu icon, you need to enable it in your Keyboard preferences.

Now, press on the Input Menu icon (which will be on the right side of your menu bar). Pick “Show Keyboard Viewer.”

A visual of your keyboard will appear on the screen of your mac. The Keyboard Viewer will show you what special characters are available if you press those keys in combination with the Option key, if you select on the Option key on your keyboard.

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The Keyboard viewer will show special characters
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if you press the Option key.
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