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Apr 5, 2008, 11:26 AM
 
Ive forgotten how to get accents, tilde and other 'over letter' non english language items done on a mac

some sort of backspace after you type the letter w a control key?

note the key on the mac keyboard just under the esc

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Apr 5, 2008, 11:44 AM
 
What Mac do you have?

The tilde on my MacBooks keyboard is in between left shift and Z.

To get an accent, say over an e, you press alt+e then e.
Pressing alt+ letter and number keys will get you all sorts of symbols.
     
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Apr 5, 2008, 12:54 PM
 
I have the MacPro w the White wireless keyboard

the accent (backward french) is the lower and the tilde is the upper (Caps) onthe key on the far left just below ESC

ie second row down, far left, just before 1/!

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got the ` w option ~ that the one Im ingterested in over an N as in spanish

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Apr 5, 2008, 01:37 PM
 
Tilde is Alt- N and then type the letter. The "tilde key" is not actually a tilde, but a similarity sign.
     
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Apr 5, 2008, 01:42 PM
 
Terrific! is there a way to see all the alt keys?

thanks again for you time
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Apr 5, 2008, 01:45 PM
 
open the keyboard viewer (not exactly sure how off the top of it head) and when you hold down Alt, the onscren keys should change to show you what will happen if you hit a given key.
     
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Apr 5, 2008, 02:16 PM
 
Go to System Preferences>International>Input Menu and activate the Keyboard Viewer in the list of additional keyboards. Then click the flag menu in the right hand side of the menu bar to show the viewer. When you press alt (or option depending on what it is called on your keyboard) or alt-shift it will display what symbols will be input when you press that key combo. Any that are surrounded by an orange halo will be placed above the character when you press it a second time. So, e.g. an umlaut (¨)will be placed over u if you press alt-u then u again to get ü.
     
   
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