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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: TvE on Mar 05, '10 08:17:03AM

Then let me tell you how to save even more time - Go to System Preferences -> Language & Text -> Input Sources and enable "Keyboard & Character Viewer".

Then - from the (global) menu in the upper right corner - choose "Show Keyboard Viewer".
Here you can hold down the modifier keys (CMD, ALT, SHIFT etc) and see what the resulting character is, eg how to type the "degree" character (ALT-q).

PS.: I believe that this help have been available since Mac OS 8 or even 7.x - so nothing new here…



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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 05, '10 11:07:49AM

Might even have been System 6, around the time I started using Macs.



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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: asmeurer on Mar 05, '10 03:24:45PM
According to http://www.nd.edu/~jvanderk/sysone/ it's been around since Mac OS 1, but it didn't gain the ability to show modifier key equivalents until later (I couldn't find out what version that was. If anyone knows, I'm interested).

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