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The Character Palette
(taken from www.creativepro.com)
By Chuck Weger, creativepro.com
Do you miss KeyCaps?? Well try
the Character Palette in OS X.
The Character Palette in
Mac OS X is a very cool font viewer
and character selector -- sort of
like KeyCaps on steroids (see Figure
Unfortunately, for some reason
Apple made it very hard to get to
initially. After you "install"
it, it shows up in the menu bar
of every non-Classic application
(see Figure 2).
Here's how to activate the Character
Palette on your system: Choose System
Preferences from the Apple menu
(or the Dock), then click on the
preference (see Figure 3).
In this window, click the "Input
Menu" tab. You'll see a
list of every possible input method
installed in your system. Click
the checkbox for "Character
Palette" and you should
see a little flag appear in the
menu bar; in my system, it's a U.S.
flag, but it depends on your primary
language. That's it; you can quit
System Preferences, and from then
on the Character Palette menu will
be in your menu bar.