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Using special characters

From: Pages '09 Essential Training

Video: Using special characters

On those occasions when you need to insert characters that do not appear on your keyboard, Pages '09 offers ways to access special characters. Using this version of our Phoenix Mission document, you will notice in the first paragraph, for example, that three characters are used to represent one-half, the one, the slash and the two. First step is to remove those three characters. Let's select them and press Delete on the keyboard. Now our insertion point is in the right spot to insert a special symbol, the one-half symbol.

Using special characters

On those occasions when you need to insert characters that do not appear on your keyboard, Pages '09 offers ways to access special characters. Using this version of our Phoenix Mission document, you will notice in the first paragraph, for example, that three characters are used to represent one-half, the one, the slash and the two. First step is to remove those three characters. Let's select them and press Delete on the keyboard. Now our insertion point is in the right spot to insert a special symbol, the one-half symbol.

One way to access special characters is from the Edit menu. Click Edit and choose Special Characters. This displays the Characters window. Here you are going to see a number of categories and as you scroll down those categories and make a selection, you will see the symbols that fall under that category. Let's move down to one called Digits. Select Digits to display a number of symbols on the right hand side, scroll down to the bottom where you will find the one-half symbol. Click 1/2 to select it and you will see Character Information down below, as well as, previews of that symbol and what it will look like using the various fonts installed on your Mac.

Once you have got the symbol selected, to insert it, click the Insert button. It gets added to the document, we can add a space and now that looks much more professional. The Characters window does stay open, should you need any additional special characters. When you are done, click the Close button. Now, let's say we needed to add the Trademark symbol to the end of our title, The Phoenix Lander. First step is to click where we want the symbol to go right after the R in Lander. Another option for adding special characters is to use keyboard shortcuts. Many of the keys on your keyboard will display special characters when used in conjunction with the Option key. The problem is you won't know what they are without something called the Keyboard Viewer. So let's access it first.

You do that from the System Preferences. Click your Apple icon and then choose System Preferences. Next, click International, then click Input menu. Here is where you will find something called the Keyboard Viewer. By default, it's not selected, so let's turn it On by clicking the checkbox next to Keyboard Viewer. Now, we can close the International window. To insert our special character from the Keyboard Viewer, click the Flag icon and select Show Keyboard Viewer.

This displays your keyboard and the keys on that keyboard. Watch what happens when you hold down your Option key, notice many of the keys change to display special characters, such as the Cent sign, there is the Copyright symbol and there is the Trademark symbol across the top. When you release the Option key, you will see that the Trademark symbol is on the number 2, so the keyboard shortcut is Option+2. You could that now to insert the character or hold down the Option key and click the Trademark symbol.

It gets inserted into your document. When you are done with the Keyboard Viewer, click the Close button. Now, you can also get some of the accents that appear on foreign words. Let's move to the last page of our document and as we scroll down, you will notice a name at the bottom, LaRiviere is missing an accent. The first e in the Riviere really should have what's known as an accent grave. So first, let's click between the i and the e, press the Delete key to remove the e and let's insert the special character, which is the accent. You can also do that from the Keyboard Viewer. Let's access it again from our Flag icon.

When we hold down the Option key on our keyboard, you will notice many of the keys appear orange in color; these are the accents. The accent we are looking for is in the top left corner. Releasing the Option key tells us that's the Tilde key on the keyboard. So we can use our keyboard shortcut, Option and the Tilde or hold down the Option key and click the accent. That inserts the accent only, now it's just waiting for us to type in the character that should appear under that accent, which happens to be the letter e. So we press the e on the keyboard and that is the way the name is supposed to appear. We'll close the Keyboard Viewer to display our document.

So learning the keyboard commands for all of the special characters you use most often can be a big time saver, but it's good to know you have access to them from the Edit menu and the Keyboard Viewer, should you need to find them.

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Pages '09 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      52s
    3. SFWordProcessing plug-in error
      36s
  2. 11m 18s
    1. Launching Pages and the Template Chooser
      3m 13s
    2. Reviewing the user interface
      2m 57s
    3. Customizing the user interface
      2m 20s
    4. Viewing documents
      2m 48s
  3. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up documents
      2m 56s
    2. Adding and arranging pages
      4m 47s
    3. Navigating documents
      4m 55s
    4. Viewing and adding document info
      2m 18s
    5. Saving documents
      2m 39s
  4. 45m 0s
    1. Selecting text
      2m 40s
    2. Character formatting with fonts
      4m 11s
    3. Character formatting with the Fonts panel
      5m 53s
    4. Character spacing and baseline adjustments
      3m 53s
    5. Formatting paragraphs
      6m 57s
    6. Using hyphenation and ligatures
      3m 46s
    7. Working with tabs
      5m 44s
    8. Creating a bulleted list
      4m 46s
    9. Creating a numbered list
      3m 31s
    10. Using the Outline view
      3m 39s
  5. 25m 13s
    1. Using special characters
      4m 34s
    2. Inserting equations with MathType 6.0
      1m 55s
    3. Inserting document file names
      2m 22s
    4. Searching documents
      5m 30s
    5. Checking spelling
      5m 22s
    6. Auto-correction preferences
      5m 30s
  6. 13m 23s
    1. Understanding styles
      1m 29s
    2. Applying styles
      3m 25s
    3. Overriding styles
      2m 44s
    4. Creating styles
      3m 35s
    5. Importing styles
      2m 10s
  7. 34m 8s
    1. Using pagination and breaks
      2m 11s
    2. Working with headers and footers
      4m 33s
    3. Adding page numbers
      5m 3s
    4. Inserting date fields
      2m 45s
    5. Working with columns
      3m 25s
    6. Working with sections
      6m 32s
    7. Adding footnotes and endnotes
      2m 48s
    8. Creating a table of contents
      3m 8s
    9. Creating bibliographies with EndNote
      3m 43s
  8. 14m 53s
    1. Accessing template layouts
      4m 14s
    2. Working with template parts
      3m 47s
    3. Replacing text and images
      2m 56s
    4. Saving a modified template
      3m 56s
  9. 43m 23s
    1. Using text boxes
      5m 32s
    2. Linking text boxes
      4m 16s
    3. Placing objects and wrapping text
      4m 16s
    4. Working with images
      5m 42s
    5. Working with shapes
      6m 3s
    6. Using Instant Alpha
      2m 55s
    7. Adjusting images
      4m 0s
    8. Creating master objects
      3m 57s
    9. Adding audio and video
      6m 42s
  10. 19m 30s
    1. Inserting tables
      2m 57s
    2. Working with cell data
      4m 31s
    3. Working with rows and columns
      3m 47s
    4. Formatting tables
      5m 12s
    5. Using table calculations
      3m 3s
  11. 15m 0s
    1. Inserting a chart
      3m 25s
    2. Entering chart data
      3m 6s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 45s
    4. Importing chart data
      2m 0s
    5. Importing a chart from Numbers
      2m 44s
  12. 21m 17s
    1. Printing
      5m 19s
    2. Exporting to other formats
      4m 0s
    3. Working with Microsoft Word files
      2m 26s
    4. Collaborating on documents
      4m 51s
    5. Sending documents by email
      1m 0s
    6. Sharing documents with iWork.com
      3m 41s
  13. 6m 44s
    1. Merging with contacts
      3m 57s
    2. Merging with Numbers data
      2m 47s
  14. 17s
    1. Goodbye
      17s

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