Mac Keyboard Viewer

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

In macOS, you can type special characters such as { é ƒ © ° }, by holding down the ⌥option key. To see what characters are available, you can pull the Keyboard Viewer.

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MacOS Keyboard Viewer. macOS 10.15.5, 2020-07-25. Hold ⌥option down to type Unicode symbols. Those colored orange are prefix keys, allowing you to type accented characters such as é ü ô. You can make it insert emoji. [see macOS: Create Custom Keyboard Layout]

Those colored orange are prefix keys, allowing you to type accented characters such as {é ü ô}.

How to Turn on Keyboard Viewer

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Mac keyboard preference panel. 2017-09-22. Checkbox the “Show Input menu in menu bar”

To start Keyboard Viewer:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click keyboard icon
  3. Select “Input Sources” tab
  4. Click at the botton “Show input menu in menu bar”.
  5. Then, on the input menu at the top right of the menu bar, there's a 〖Show Keyboard Viewer〗 menu. This will show the Keyboard Viewer.
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Mac keyboard menu bar

Define Your Own Keys to Insert Unicode Symbols

You can define keys to insert any Unicode character, such as { 😂 α }.

For how, see: Creating Keyboard Layout in Mac OS X .

For a list of symbols, see: Unicode Search 😄

See also: Apple Keyboards ⌨

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