Inserting Handy Symbols

Post date: Oct 13, 2011 3:56:08 PM

You can insert symbols and foreign language alphabets into any document, whether it is word processing or not, using the Character Viewer built-in to your MacBook.

First you must turn on the Character View in your System Preferences. Click on the Apple in the top left corner of your screen.

Select "System Preferences" from the drop-down options.

Click on "Language & Text" (or "International" on older iMacs)

(fifth icon listed under Personal heading)

Select "Input Sources" (or "Input Menu" on older iMacs) from the tabs along the top. Check the box next to "Keyboard & Character Viewer"

Close your System Preferences.

You should now see this icon in the top right corner on your MacBook screen. (It may be a flag on older iMacs.)

Select "Show Character Viewer" from the drop-down options:

This will then open the Character Viewer for you to make your selections:

Please take the time to investigate all of your options, as there are many!

Remember, if you are using an older iMac, the options are still available but may be listed under different names.