10.7: Accented characters

Jul 29, '11 07:30:00AM

Contributed by: Zonker.in.Geneva

Entering accented characters while using *any* keyboard layout is easier than ever, similar to using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Previously, to enter letters like , , , you had to learn one of several hints: option-key combinations, use the International Keyboard, use the Keyboard Viewer or change the keyboard layout to the appropriate one and then touch-type the keys you want.

But, 10.7 goes the route of the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad software.

If you want an accent over the letter 'e' just hold down the 'e' key as if you wanted to type 'eeeeeeeee.' You will see a short list of accent marks, just find the one you want and type the number underneath it.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. See this hint for some other ramifications of this feature.]

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