How to Type Special Characters in Mac OS by Inserting Characters with Accents
Step 1. To insert special characters with accent marks in Mac OS, open the Pages document or a Google Doc file you want to type in.
Step 2. Long press on the letter on the keyboard you want an accented version of.
Step 3. This will open a small menu near the typed alphabet containing the accented versions of the letter in different languages.
Step 4. From this list, chose the character you want to select and click on it.
Step 5. This will make the selected special character appear right next to the original letter in your text.
How to Type Special Characters in Mac OS by Inserting Other Special Characters
Step 1. To include other special characters which can not be found on the keyboard but are not accented, you would need to use a keyboard shortcut. Click on Control + Command + Space.
Step 2. Doing so will open a small window containing a large number of emoticons you can choose from.
Step 3. In case you do not want emoticons and are looking for other characters, notice the small icon on the right side of the window and click on it.
Step 4. This will expand the window wherein you will see a plethora of options to choose from. This is Mac’s ‘Character Viewer.’ You will find all the characters you want in this window.
Step 5. Click on the options you want from the list on the left to open new options.
Step 6. This will open a new menu containing special characters related to the description provided.
Step 7. Find the special character you want and double click on it. That is it! You will see a special character selected appear in your text.