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I was just mucking around in 10.2 and discovered a Character Input Palette. Go to the System Prefs, International panel, and under the Input Menu tab, select "Character Palette". Now you've got a nice little menu that lets you activate a floating window with all the characters divided up into their categories (Math, Arrows, Parentheses, Crosses, Stars/Asterisks, Ornamental Punctuation, Latin, Accented Latin, Digits, Greek, Cyrillic).

Granted, most of the more obscure characters are only included in the Lucida Grande font, but it's a great way to explore the expansiveness of Unicode.

[Editor's note: When activated, the menu widget shows up at the right side of your menu commands; you can actualy see the icon in the screenshot posted with this hint.]
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No Option available for me
Authored by: wuf810 on Sep 01, '02 06:17:46AM

Can't seem to find this option. I can only guess it appears only if you've installed more than English language in your install. Can anyone comfirm this?

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No Option available for me
Authored by: gboy on Sep 01, '02 09:11:45AM

Mine was an unchecked box under English

System Pref > Intl > Input Menu and then look among your selections

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English only...
Authored by: robg on Sep 01, '02 10:04:40AM

My installation is English-only, and it works fine...


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Good but could be better
Authored by: sinjin on Sep 01, '02 11:14:47AM

I'm glad to see apple has finally added a shortcut to getting at characters we may not use often. In the past to write the "mu" symbol, for example, I would have to launch KeyCaps and fiddle with modifier keys until I found option-m would do it, then go back to the app I was in and finally enter the character. Not exactly user-friendly.

Menu widgets like PopChar and PickChar solved this by allowing one-click (usually) access to any character possible. Apple's Character Pallet falls in between the old KeyCaps method and the third party solutions. Because of the way it is activated, and its layout, there is a good chance you are 3-4 clicks away from any character you might want and then you have this floating palette to dismiss (unless you are lucky enough to have extra screen real estate). Hopefully Apple will do a better job of organizing the palette and provide an option for a drop-down menu widget.

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side effects
Authored by: mkhaw on Mar 12, '03 11:39:41AM

An apparent side effect of enabling the Character Palette is that AppleWorks actually obeys the system preferences to show the century in dates (e.g., so that you get 3/12/2003 instead of 3/12/03), which it otherwise seems to ignore.

On my 10.2.4 system, running Stickies seems to turn on the preference to show the Character Palette even if it was off.

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