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I do them here and in emails on the PC. Haven't seen how to do them on a Mac. Buckler of Swashing.

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In almost all text editing programs designed to work with OS X you should be able to access special characters thus: Open Edit menu Select 'Special Characters' - should be at or near the bottom of the menu This brings up the character palette, in which I believe the symbols you're after are in the 'numbers and number symbols' category - if you can't see it try changing the drop-down menu in the top left to 'all characters'. Ok, just realised I've assumed you're working in OS X.

Are you? Last edited by Buckler of Swashing; at PM. Reason: to say 'or see below - Arnold's suggestion is quicker'. Arnold Winkelried. These fraction characters will work depending on the font. Find all posts by Arnold Winkelried. Forget what I said and go with what Buckler of Swashing said. The keyboard shortcut I mentioned is not implemented everywhere. Look in the Edit menu instead. Okay, I see the fractions and can insert them into text.

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But it there an easier way to use them? I've only done a basic google for special character keyboard shortcuts and most lists seem to suggest that there is no keyboard shortcut for this particular set of symbols one half, one quarter etc. I will keep hunting for a while, as now I'm interested to know myself. I think you had to pay for 'Type It 4 Me', but there may be similar types of mac software for free, I haven't checked.

Tim T-Bonham. There do not appear to be any keyboard shortcuts for those fractions, though. The thing to do is use the Unicode hex input method which is closest to the Windows-style numeric code entry. These instructions are for OS X That should cover any symbol you want to add. Note that the Windows Alt codes do not correspond meaningfully to Unicode numbers, as far as I know. The only drawback is that none of the typical methods of making special characters are available with this layout, so if you want to, or you already use a different layout, you can switch in and out of it.

Switching input methods can be done using the International pulldown menu the flag, again or via a keyboard shortcut. Additional fun - In the pref pane Input Menu mentioned above, enable 'Keyboard Viewer' and close the prefs. Long-time Mac users will recognize this as the descendant of 'Key Caps'.

It shows a picture of your keyboard, with an image of whatever will be produced when you press that key, in the font selected. Press Option or Shift or both and you can see what will be produced. Note that not all fonts will produce the same special symbols when you use option though most 'normal' ones will. When you're using the Unicode Hex Input with the Keyboard Viewer, the available keys will be highlighted as well when you press option. Once you've typed three characters, the Unicode symbols will appear on the keys.

So if you use this, you may only need to memorize the first three digits of the symbol you want. Last edited by panamajack; at PM. The Shroud. I tried out panamajack 's suggestion; it works great. From what I can tell, I can type otherwise normally in Unicode Hex mode.

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This site might be helpful as well. The hex code is determined by the page number 00,01, etc , followed by the row number, then the column number. I went to International and checked the box for Unicode Hex Input. In case that doesn't post, that's two degree or zero-power symbols, an equation symbol that looks like an elongated S, and a Greek-looking symbol that looks like an 'a'. Oops; I forgot to clarify that after you've enabled, it you have to switch whatever layout you're using to the Unicode input.

Do this from the pulldown menu or using the keyboard switch. Those symbols are what you get on a normal US keyboard, so that's almost certainly the reason. Try using the Keyboard Viewer if you want to be sure while figuring it out. It'll show exactly what's going to appear when you hit the keys. There's also a unicode chart in the Character Palette, too, if you're trying to find codes. Go to the 'View' pulldown, then 'Code Tables', and Unicode will be there.

Not seeing where to find the Unicode input switch. It sounds as if using fractions is a lot harder on a Mac than on a PC. I've found that it's usually easier to do things on a Mac. Then the keystrokes will work.

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I can simply insert that character at my current insertion point in a document by clicking the insert button. All of those bizarre symbols in the image at the top of this Mac post were just inserted into a Pages document in this manner. Going through the process of inserting a symbol is fine if you're only going to be typing it once, but what if you need to re-use a specific character many times in a document?

You can either do a copy and paste for each occurrence, or you can type the character using a unique hexadecimal code that is assigned to each character. To determine what that code is for any character, just click on the character in the viewer, then "hover" your cursor above it until a yellow tooltip appears near it as in the screenshot above. Make a note of the Unicode code number for the character; for the pointing finger, it's C.

To type the special characters, go back to the Input menu in the menu bar and select "Unicode Hex Input. In this case, you'd type OptionC to make the left pointing index finger magically appear in your document. This tip is not only fun, but extremely useful in those cases where you want to use a specific non-standard character or symbol to call attention to something in a document.

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