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Chapter 8. Fonts > Key Caps

Key Caps

Key Caps is a utility application that comes with Mac OS X. It enables you to see what characters in your fonts look like. It also lets you find the key locations of special characters, such as bullets and accented characters, or characters in picture fonts, such as Zapf Dingbats.

To use Key Caps

1.
Open the Key Caps icon in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder (Figure 8).

Figure 8. The Key Caps icon.


The Key Caps window appears (Figure 9).

Figure 9. The Key Caps window, displaying characters from the Lucida Grand Regular font. (The keyboard in this illustration is an Apple Pro keyboard; your keyboard layout may be different.)


2.
Set options as desired and view results on the top of keyboard keys represented in the Key Caps window:

  • To see what the characters of a different font look like, choose the font name from the Font menu (Figure 10).

    Figure 10. The Font menu and one of its submenus. This menu displays all the fonts you can access and use. (Your font list may vary from this one.)

  • To see what characters look like with a modifier key (such as or ) pressed, press the modifier key (Figure 11).

    Figure 11. In this example, holding down displays additional characters in the font.


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