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10.6: Type accented characters without the Option key
Authored by: ashill on Mar 05, '10 08:25:27AM
In Mac OS X however, if you set the keyboard layout to a language that has these letters (such as Spanish), you cannot use this trick; the only way of inputting these letters is the standard way supplied in Mac OS X (Option-e then e for ; Option-e, then i for ; etc.). I personally found this very annoying, and searched for quite a while on how to change this.

Unless I misunderstand you, that's not correct. For example, if you set the keyboard layout to Spanish, the key that is labeled as '[' on a US keyboard (to the right of the 'p') is the key that switches to diacritic mode. That key is easier for my fingers to reach than the backtick, so I prefer that method. On my US-labeled keyboard, the keystroke is [-e for .

As others have mentioned, you can use the keyboard viewer (enabled in System Preferences > Language & Text > Input Sources) to see where the keys are in your current keyboard layout.

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