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How to type special characters on Mac keyboard

As far as the make and comfort of the Mac keyboard are concerned, they’re perfect. However, what it misses are special characters. Well, it’s not just the Mac keyboard but all keyboards in general. Some have the Dollar sign, some the Euro key, based on its location. But what if you wish to type a square root sign as a character in your text?

Thankfully, you won’t need to install any app or need an add-on. Your Mac has you covered. Read on to learn how you can type special characters on Mac. Read on!

How to insert special characters on Mac

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Keyboard.

    Select Keyboard on Mac from System Preferences
  3. Enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar.

    Enable Show keyboard and emoji viewers in the menu bar on Mac
  4. Click the keyboard icon and select Show keyboard viewer.

    Select Show keyboard viewer on Mac

The virtual keyboard will now appear on your Mac. It is somewhat similar to the Window’s on-screen keyboard. Needless to say, you cannot view the entire set of symbols. To do so, tap the keyboard icon on menubar. Click Show Emoji & Symbols from the menu.

The left side menu lists Emoji, arrows, bullets/stars, currency symbols, Latin, Letterlike Symbols, Math Symbols, Parentheses, Pictographs, and Punctuation. The second menu displays a sub-menu and helps search items from a specific set of options.

Signing off…

You may not need special characters in day-to-day operations, but once in a while, if the need arises, this is how you can insert Mac keyboard special characters. The feature certainly covers typing 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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