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MM Answers: How to find and use special characters in macOS?

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How to find and use special characters in macOS?

Keyboard and emoji viewers

Accessing iOS emojis is very easy, just by pressing a button on the keyboard. Already not macOS, except for MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar (which have a special selector for the stickers on the bar), choose emojis on Ma computers a little more complicated.

On the other hand, special symbols are much easier to find. And the tip: emojis are in exactly the same place! I'm talking about the keyboard, emoji and symbol viewer a simple icon that can be fixed to your menu bar.

To enable this viewer, follow the instructions below:

  1. Comes Keyboard System Preferences;
  2. In the first tab (“Keyboard”), enable the option “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar”.

    Viewing emojis and special symbols in macOS

This puts a new icon in your menu bar, which not only serves to quickly access your emoji and special characters, but also changes keyboard languages ​​in macOS.

Adding special characters

Natively, the selection of special characters and symbols will be filled with a good selection of items, but you can add even more. For example, technical symbols (,, ⏏e) or special letters of the world's alphabets!

  1. Click on the new cone we just added in the menu bar;
  2. Then in “Show Emoji and Symbols”;

    Viewing emojis and special symbols in macOS

  3. Click on the gear in the upper left corner of the window and select "Customize List";
  4. Check the check boxes you want.

    Viewing emojis and special symbols in macOS

To use any of the special characters, simply open the selector and double-click the item or use the Space key combination simultaneously when a text field is active.

Viewing emojis and special symbols in macOS

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