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In Pages '09 Essential Training, David Rivers teaches many creative, time-saving features that will help both experienced and first-time users of Apple's word processing and page layout tool. David explains how to get started by customizing the user interface; then shows how to create unique, eye-catching documents using the text tools, templates, and styles in Pages '09. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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