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Tips and tricks for Mac OS10.4.8 character palette and Keyboard viewer?

Asked by gailcalder (77points) November 19th, 2006
How you transfer the various characters (i.e. French & Spanish diacritical marks, skull and crossbones, etc) to email or an Appleworks document? Is there a way to enlarge the icons?
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bob's avatar
I'm not sure where you're moving these characters from. Are you using the Character Palette?
bob's avatar
If you use diacritical marks often, it's probably easiest to learn how to input them directly from the keyboard.
bob's avatar
You can search for "Accent" in Mac Help (While you're in the Finder, choose "Mac Help" from the Help menu) to find out how to access the character palette and the keyboard viewer.
bob's avatar
But if you want to add these marks directly, you can do so by pressing certain key combinations.
bob's avatar
For example, in Appleworks, Press option-e and you should see an accent appear (accent egout?) then press another letter and that letter will have the accent on it.
gailcalder's avatar
There are really two questions, I guess,. 1) How do I get the stuff from Character Palette into mail or a document in a larger size? I can press shift/option and drag and drop but they are the size of a lyme tick.
gailcalder's avatar
And 2) how do you figure out all the accents and diacrit. marks? I know a few; ?gout, for example, means sewer. The right/slant accent is aigu.
gailcalder's avatar
Fluther's platform translates the accent aigu into a question mark. And I find the Mac Help not very helpful, but I will try searching again for "Accents."Pogue's Macs for Dummies was better but he doesn't have the latest OS w. patches. And by "sewer" I don't mean seamstress, but drainpipe.
bob's avatar
Interesting.
gailcalder's avatar
Bob, thanks for tips. My ?? weren't very clear. I already have the Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer on Finder.
bob's avatar
If you're in the keyboard viewer and you hold down option, you can see which marks correspond to which letters.
bob's avatar
but if you want to know what the marks mean in the original languages, I don't know...
gailcalder's avatar
Oh, la vache! :-)
gailcalder's avatar
also just discovered that holding down option and shift brings up another group of signs and symbols.
bob's avatar
Dragging accents out of the character palette is annoying, especially if they're small.
bob's avatar
Using the key commands will probably be easier if you're already typing a document.
gailcalder's avatar
You lost me there. And I just tried dragging stuff out of the CP. Some work, some transform into something completely different. Umbrella icon turned into a punctuation mark. Taking my aching aged head to bed. Thanks for good info.
andrew's avatar
Here's the easiest way for me:
andrew's avatar
Ever since system 7, you can easily type common european marks, without using the character palette. Bob alluded to this before: Just (as you're typing normally) type option-u for umlaut, option of accent-egout, option-i for circumflex
andrew's avatar
Option-e for accent egout, that should have read.
andrew's avatar
You type the option-character first, then the letter you want to modify (e.g. option-e e for
andrew's avatar
Also, we're working on supporting foreign character sets in fluther so this question will display properly.
gailcalder's avatar
Thanks. I just found option-k for degree mark, option-c for Spanish "little thing"under c and option-"key below escape" for accent grave.
gailcalder's avatar
For both accents aigu and grave, you hit option- e or the "grave" accent key and nothing happens. Then hit "e" and it shows up w. the right accent. Now how is a neophyte supposed to guess that?
gailcalder's avatar
Thanks, everyone. I can now write the great French novel..Oops. Flaubert already did that.
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