How to Quickly Type Special Characters on Mac: Get the Most Out of Mac Keyboard

How to Quickly Type Special Characters on Mac

As far as the make and comfort of Mac keyboard is concerned, it is just perfect. What it misses is special characters. Well, it’s not just Mac keyboard but all keyboards around the world. Some have the Dollar sign, while some may have Euro key, based on the location keyboard is sold. But what if you wish to type a square root sign as a character in your text? This is when you feel the need of having Special Character on your Mac.

Thankfully, you won’t need to install any app or add-on that. The Mac OS X has got you covered with this issue. All you need to do is to follow a few steps to get it working. So just stay with me and follow the instructions mentioned in this post:

How to Quickly Insert Special Characters on macOS

Step #1. Open System Preferences by click on the () Apple Logo on the top-left corner of your screen and then click on Keyboard.

Click on Keyboard in Mac System Preferences

Step #2. You should ideally be on the “Keyboard” tab. Check the box beside “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar”.

Enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar in Mac Keyboard Preferences

Step #3. Now click on “Input Sources” tab and check the box beside “Show Input menu in menu bar.” You can now exit System Preferences.

Check box next to Show Input menu in menu bar in Mac Keyboard Preferences

Step #4. Next is to click on the Keyboard icon in the menu bar and choose “Show Keyboard Viewer” and you’ll have a virtual keyboard displayed on the screen.

Click on Show Keyboard Viewer in Mac Menu bar

Show Virtual On-Screen Keyboard on Mac

Step #5. The last thing you need to do is to press and hold the Option key on your physical Mac keyboard. You’ll notice the virtual keyboard will have all the special characters that you can use in your text.

Type Special Character on Mac

Signing off…

You may not need special characters in day-to-day operations, but once in a while if the need arises, you now know how to get it done quickly. The feature certainly covers most of the special characters you may ever need. To test whether you have got it correctly, comment a special character below.

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