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Oh yeah...

January 25th, 2015 (02:47 pm)

...why is there no easy way on a Mac keyboard of getting a "½" symbol? Or a hash? Or is there an easy way of doing it and I just don't know about it? I mean, I know about opening up the "special characters" thing, but even that isn't terribly good (I was looking for the "½" the other day, couldn't find it, and eventually settled on copy & pasting it from a google search...) It's blasted frustating. I've got a little .txt document with useful symbols that I copy & paste from occasionally, but I've got to be honest, it strikes me as weird. Mind you, back in my PC days I used to rely on the old "Alt + 0232" trick for ½. If Macs can do that, I've never found a way of doing it. And the absence of a hash symbol pretty obviously makes Twitter a bit of a weird experience... All help and advice gratefully received...


Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: January 25th, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
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My friend Andrea (male) says it should be either Shift+3 or Option+3 for the hash. He also says if all else fails for the half, try superscript 1, forward slash, subscript 2 - or any other numbers you need for the fraction. No idea if either of these actually work - his Mac is a Swiss keyboard, which may well not be the same as yours. He says a program called PopChar is useful - but not free: www.itsmac.net/popchar-x-7-0/ is one way of accessing it, however...

Edited at 2015-01-25 03:19 pm (UTC)

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 25th, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)

Thanks - I'll have a look at PopChar. :-)

Posted by: arenques rojos (myfirstkitchen)
Posted at: January 25th, 2015 03:41 pm (UTC)

Hash is Alt/Option and 3 - Twitter is full of Mac users! Most of the power users have Macs! I have British Macs. I have had Macs for 10 years and the three times I have needed the ½ symbol in that time it really was no trouble to copy and paste from Google. It's niche.

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 25th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)


Oh good grief, you're right! How come I've never known that? Wonderful, thanks! :-)

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