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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar System 10.6
I keep the Inputs menu in my menu bar primarily for the Keyboard and Character Viewer functionality. Upon installing Snow Leopard, I saw that the icon for the inputs menu (System Preferences » Language & Text » Input Sources » Show Input Menu in Menu Bar) had changed from a nice colorful American flag (my default input method is U.S.) to a black and white (and ugly) Keyboard & Character Viewer icon.

After a little investigating, it seems that once you select a secondary input method (I chose Australian), the flag icon comes back! The secondary flag shows up when you click on the menu bar item, but you don't need it.

Incidentally, the 'Unicode Hex Input' input method is pretty cool if you want to enter Unicode characters manually (although I find it easier to search for the character I'm looking for in the Character Viewer, and then insert it from there).
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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: palahala on Sep 18, '09 08:40:11AM

Aha, now I no longer have to select another language to get rid of the US or UK flag. :-)



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: captainhaddock on Sep 20, '09 08:43:17PM

That's probably why they did it. A lot of Mac users who used a keyboard from another national standard were annoyed at having someone else's flag in their menu all the time. (Especially the case with Canadians using US keyboards, although Apple introduced an identical keyboard with a Canadian flag in Tiger to accommodate us.)



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 18, '09 08:56:55AM

An interesting keyboard for US users is the US Extended keyboard. It is just like the US keyboard, except pressing option gives every possible accent. It's easier than trying to find the accented characters in the character viewer.



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: UberFu on Sep 18, '09 12:33:30PM

I always use the Keyboard Viewer. Press a key combination and look for what symbol you want to use .


I wish they had kept it outside of the 'Flag Menu Icon" like they did in OS 9 and early OSX with Key Caps. As a stand alone like Spaces or Expose or Dashboard as the Menu is a pain in the ass to go to all the time.



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: wallybear on Sep 18, '09 12:53:44PM

If you hate calling Keyboard Viewer from the Input Menu, you can assign it to a keyboard shortcut like Exposè or Dashboard, or you can put it in the Dock.

Keyboard Viewer is an application, It's buried in:

/System/Library/Components/KeyboardViewer.component/Contents/SharedSupport/KeyboardViewerServer.app/Contents/MacOS/KeyboardViewerServer.app

Yes, its actual name is KeyboardViewerServer.app; you can drag it in the Dock or create a shortcut.

(I don't have installed 10.6 yet; the path I wrote comes from 10.5, but it's highly probable it hasn't changed)



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: brh on Sep 18, '09 01:23:43PM

On my (10.6) machine, it's located in /System/Library/Input Methods/

KeyboardViewer.app won't run from there for me, but CharacterPalette.app does run just fine, which is fantastic news for me!

Now I'd just like it if someone would find out a convenient way to have a multi-item Input Menu list, without showing the flag in the menubar Too bright!



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 03, '10 08:48:58PM

Um, you can. Just set the keyboard shortcut for select previous/next input source in the Keyboard Preference Pane (under Keyboard & Text Input) and Command-Drag the flag from the menubar. You can use the keyboard shortcuts to bring up a floating panel of input methods and the flag will not be in the menubar.



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10.6: Show country flag on Input Menu on menu bar
Authored by: RobertBen on Sep 20, '09 11:41:32PM

One reason you might want to use two countries/flags is the behavior of the period-key on the numerical part of the extended keyboard.
I have my keyboard set to Dutch if I want comma's and I set it to US whenever I want periods.



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How?
Authored by: EatingPie on Sep 21, '09 01:00:37PM

How do you select a Secondary Input Method? I didn't see it in Keyboard Preferences, and now at a total loss (not having ever done this before).

Thanks.


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Okay I Asked Too Soon...
Authored by: EatingPie on Sep 21, '09 01:06:32PM

It's in the System Preference:

System Preferences » Language & Text » Input Sources

Select the "Input Sources" tab, and choose your secondary.


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