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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 11. K

Key Caps

In Windows: Character Map

On the Macintosh, you’re probably used to using the Key Caps desk accessory when determining the keystrokes necessary to generate special characters like the trademark or yen symbols. In Windows, you use the Character Map program instead, accessible in Start → Programs → Accessories → System Tools → Character Map (see Figure 11-1).

To insert a special character into a word processing document, follow these steps in Character Map:

  1. Choose the appropriate font from the Font menu.

  2. Double-click the desired special character in the character grid.

    If the character is too small to identify, hold down the mouse on it to see a magnified version. Dingbat fonts (in which each character is a tiny graphic) benefit the most from this feature.

  3. Click the Copy button.

  4. Switch to your word processing document, and then choose Edit → Paste to paste the special character.

If you find the prescribed method of inserting special characters clumsy, note the Alt keyboard shortcut in the lower right corner of the Character Map window. If you make a note in of this keystroke, you’ll later be able to reproduce the special symbol by typing the appropriate number while pressing the Alt key. When you release the Alt key, the character appears.

Character Map utility
Figure 11-1. Character Map utility

Keyboard

In Windows: Keyboard

Apple has created a number of different keyboard layouts over the years, ...

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