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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: alisdair on May 27, '04 09:48:59AM

Or just turn off the input menu (System Preferences -> International -> Input Menu -> Show input menu in menu bar)...



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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: twofiveone on May 27, '04 10:14:00AM

I changed it to the British flag (union jack). I think I have a standard US keyboard. What exactly happens if I change it to the British flag?



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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: hamarkus on May 27, '04 10:30:12AM

I'm using the British flag as well and don't have any problems with that set-up (actually my keyboard is Swiss-German, but as a touch-typer I don't really mind what is printed on those keys).

Strangely enough, on a new user I created the British flag was unavailable for a few days, it's now back.



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Or try the Austalian flag
Authored by: hamarkus on May 27, '04 10:35:02AM

Or try the Austalian flag.



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Or try the Austalian flag
Authored by: Utilitaritron on May 27, '04 06:18:27PM

Or Brazilian or Dutch. These three seem the same as the US (from Keyboard Viewer/Keycaps). I think the British one switches the currency symbols around (remember, they need £) somewhat.



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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: JKT on May 27, '04 11:21:15AM

The same thing that happens if you change it to any other keyboard - the mapping for certain keys will change. You can see which ones by using Keyboard Viewer - open Keyboard Viewer (aka Key Caps) and switch the flags while holding down different modifier keys. The major difference between UK and US is that # (hash, shift-3) in the US layout is £ (GBP) on a UK keyboard (and option-3 is #). Option key input differs for other things slightly as well.

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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: cheeseworm on May 27, '04 05:09:51PM

Those who don't wish to see the US flag may not care for the British one either. I use the Irish flag.



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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: lookmark on May 27, '04 10:18:13AM

Well, one would assume that this hint is for people who like the easy access to the Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer palette -- but are annoyed by the bitmapped American flag in the menu bar (be it for either aesthetic or political reasons).

Another solution is to use CharViewer over at http://www.macparc.ch/mirror/CharViewer/ . This handy AppleScript, which can set to a keyboard macro or via your launcher utility (LB, QS), will launch the Character Palette.



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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: kevinp on May 30, '04 07:46:12PM

There's a lot less reason to keep the character palette in the input menu these days. Since the introduction of Panther we've had it at the bottom of the Edit menu (disguised as "Special Characters..."). Although there's no other simple way to get the Keyboard Viewer, it's frankly not all that useful these days. Only a few hundred of the available Unicode character are there and it's probably easier to pick them from the character palette anyway.

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Avoid the Input Menu's US flag in the menubar
Authored by: subscriber3 on May 27, '04 02:10:50PM

here is an older hint:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030902145623743&query=flag



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