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Mac 101: Inserting or typing uncommon characters

As a Mac consultant, I’m often asked some pretty bizarre questions. One that I frequently hear is “How do I type on my Mac?” A good example of this is people who want to type fractions that look like this — ½ — rather than like 1/2, or plop a character like an umbrella — ☂ — or a skull and crossbones — ☠ — in the middle of a sentence.

It’s actually quite easy to do this, although finding these uncommon characters isn’t something that’s readily apparent, especially to new Mac users. Follow along as I show you how to insert or type characters that won’t be found on your keyboard.


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