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This isn't exactly a secret, but some people may not know about it since it doesn't appear to actually be documented anywhere.

In apps that support Unicode, it's possible to input symbols that actually have no keys assigned to them. To do this, you choose "Customize Menu" from the keyboard menu. Choose the "Keyboard Menu" tab in the System Prefs window that comes up and enable "Unicode Hex Input."

Once you've done this, open an application (such as TextEdit) and choose the "Unicode Hex Input" layout from the keyboard menu. You can now enter Unicode values by holding down the option key and pushing a four-character sequence. For instance, the symbol for the command key can be written by holding down option and pushing 2318. (You can find these values with various programs, such as EasySoft Creations' freeware Font Explorer X.)
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Cocoa Apps
Authored by: ironwolf on Jun 29, '02 03:10:17PM

In this case, "apps that support Unicode" generally means Cocoa apps, and not Carbon or Classic apps. For instance, this technique does work in TextEdit (Cocoa) but won't word in Microsoft Word X (Carbon).

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Authored by: VEGx on Jun 29, '02 03:23:39PM

Where is the "Unicode Hex Input"????

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Authored by: baba on Jun 29, '02 05:43:00PM

This is under System Preferences->International->keyboard menu
and the unicode option is a radio button.

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Authored by: VEGx on Jun 29, '02 06:12:14PM
Now ya talkin!!!

Too bad that I use TexShop almost exclusively :)

Well, that is, I don't use Greek letter when I e-mail :)

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Authored by: mervTormel on Jun 29, '02 07:18:12PM

technically, GUI-wise, it's a check box [x] and not a radio button (•)

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Authored by: HMBug on Jun 30, '02 02:45:25PM

Keyboard Menu tab is in System Preferences/International

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Install TextExtras
Authored by: bhines on Jun 29, '02 09:30:54PM
TextExtras makes this much easier, giving you a standard "show special characters" menu. Along with a lot more really useful stuff (esp for developers, but for normal users too) Get it Here

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