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Chapter 7. Typography > Special characters in other fonts

Special characters in other fonts

To insert special characters, first you need to know which keystroke to use. Appendix A is a chart of Zapf Dingbat, Symbol, and other special characters. To find other characters, in Mac OS X, you can use Applications > Utilities > Key Caps. Choose from the Font menu, then study the keyboard map. Press Option, Shift, or Option-Shift to display other characters. Type the keystroke to confirm it, copy it (Cmd-C), choose the Content tool, click in your text, then paste (Cmd-V).

A faster approach is to buy the inexpensive PopChar X utility (www.macility.com). To use PopChar X, click in a text box with the Content tool to create an insertion point, then click the desired character on the PopChar palette—the character will appear at your insertion point in the current font.


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