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How to type special characters in Macbook

I’m really impressed by what a MacBook can do. Back then when I used my old PC or notebook, I’ve had gone thru some trouble to find how to type special characters, especially when I worked on my French course homework and needed to type é, è, ê, œ, ç, etc. I had a character map and had to switch keyboard layout to do those things. Recently, I found that I wouldn’t need any character map nor to switch layout. All I have to do is press Alt/Option button and one or two other key. The best part is, I don’t have to remember the combination, because Apple made the combination very intuitive. For example, to make a ‘ç’ we only need to type Alt-c and add Shift to make it capital or to make a œ we just simply type Alt-q since ‘Q’ somehow looks like ‘œ’.

Here’s the complete combination:

Type Alt and the character in the left column to create the character in the right one:

` + a/e/i/o/u --> à/è/ì/ò/ù *
1 --> ¡
2 --> ™
3 --> £
4 --> ¢
5 --> ∞
6 --> §
7 --> ¶
8 --> •
9 --> ª
0 --> º
- --> –
= --> ≠
q --> œ
w --> ∑
e + vowels --> á/é/í/ó/ú *
r --> ®
t --> †
y --> ¥
u + vowels --> ä/ë/ï/ö/ü *
i + vowels --> â/ê/î/ô/û *
o --> ø
p --> π
[ --> “
] --> ‘
\ --> «
a --> å
s --> ß
d --> ∂
f --> ƒ
g --> ©
h --> ˙
j --> ∆
k --> ˚
l --> ¬
; --> ;
' --> æ
z --> Ω
x --> ≈
c --> ç
v --> √
b --> ∫
n + a/o/n --> ã/õ/ñ *
m --> µ
, --> ≤
. --> ≥
/ --> ÷

* release the first two keys (e.g. Alt+`) before typing the letter to be accented, including capitalized letter. For example, Ü is the result of the combination of Alt + u -> [release] -> Shift + u.

Type Alt + Shift and the character in the left row to create the character in the right one:

1 --> ⁄
2 --> €
3 --> ‹
4 --> ›
5 --> fi
6 --> fl
7 --> ‡
8 --> °
9 --> ·
0 --> ‚
- --> —
= --> ±
q --> Œ
w --> „
e --> ´
r --> ‰
t --> ˇ
y --> Á
u --> ¨
i --> ˆ
o --> Ø
p --> ∏
[ --> ”
] --> ’
\ --> »
a --> Å
s --> Í
d --> Î
f --> Ï
g --> ˝
h --> Ó
j --> Ô
k --> 
l --> Ò
; --> Ú
' --> Æ
z --> ¸
x --> ˛
c --> Ç
v --> ◊
b --> ı
n --> ˜
m --> Â
, --> ¯
. --> ˘
/ --> ¿