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How can I access special characters for my Fluther questions and answers?

Asked by SuperMouse (30788points) June 4th, 2009

I see people using the a with the cool little accent over it, or foreign characters and sit in awe wondering how they work this magic! Please tell me how!

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jrpowell's avatar

Mac or PC?

edit :: or Linux?

creativejuices's avatar

á . I find that copy and paste work well…... but here you go:

** I have not tested this though… may be bunk.

Jeruba's avatar

I use the copy-and-paste solution. I find the word I want, or just a word containing the character I want, in Wikipedia or a dictionary or via Google search and then just paste it in. Special characters are usually retained in answer boxes, but note, not in question topics.

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SuperMouse's avatar

I’m going to try the copy and paste solution in this very post:


Well what do you know, it worked! Thank you!

MrItty's avatar

Enable the International Keyboard layout (

Or use the ALT-keycodes (

Or just copy and paste.

I personally use the international keyboard layout, so that I can easily type things like

¡Hola! ¿Queires tú ir a la playa?

SuperMouse's avatar

@MrItty that is so cool! Thanks!

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It’s usually ALT+ a combination of three numbers.
For example alt+129 = ü
There’s several websites that have many many of these codes.

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La_chica_gomela's avatar

I have a Firefox add-on for international keyboard functionality.

YARNLADY's avatar

My computer has a function list when I click on the ‘start’ button, but I only use the ones that are available here, below the answer box or the entire list

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@YARNLADY: I’ve read your post at least 3 times, and I still have no idea what any of it means. A function list? My start button has a list of programs and folders that are on my computer… Do you use Linux or something? wtf

YARNLADY's avatar

When I go to ‘start’ I see a word that says ’ all programs’, I get a long list of stuff, and I go to “accessories” on that list. It takes me to a list of more stuff, and when I click on “system tools” it give me another list of stuff, and one of them is “character map”. That’s the one that has all those little symbols I need.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

@YARNLADY,:Okay I get it now.

mangeons's avatar

@YARNLADY I have the same thing, but somehow, the icon just disappeared. So, what I do now, is I go “Start” and then the “Run…” program and type in “charmap” and it brings it up. :)

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