Option Key tip #9: Special Characters

Special characters

— Option Key tip #9: Special Characters —

Read 'em all:
Option Key tip #1: the WiFi Menu
Option Key tip #2: the Battery Status Menu
Option Key tip #3: Close All Finder Windows
Option Key tip #4: Reveal a Contact's Groups
Option Key tip #5: Rotate the Other Way
Option Key tip #6: Option-Drag
Option Key tip #7: Option-Click
Option Key tip #8: Option-Empty Trash
Option Key tip #9: Special Characters
Option Key tip #10: One-click System Information
Option Key tip #11: Delete a Messages conversation with one click
Option Key tip #12: Open your Library folder

Our Option key Tip-a-Palooza continues…

Your documents will look better if you use the right characters. For example, mañana looks better than “manana,” and resumé looks better than “resume.” The Mac’s always been able to generate these characters (not true for PCs), so why not learn how and start using the right characters today. Check out the handy table below.

Character Keystroke(s)
• (bullet) Option-8
¢ Option-4
ñ Option-n, then n
é Option-e, then e
Option-2
® Option-r
º (degree symbol) Option-0 (that’s a zero)
Option-Shift-K


You may be wondering how you’ll ever remember these things, but take a look at the keyboard and some of them will become fairly obvious. For example, the cent sign (¢) is on the same key as the dollar sign ($). The bullet (•) is on the same key as the asterisk (*), which some people use for bullets (until they read this blog entry).

OK now– that’s 9.


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