While this is a standalone tip for anyone who doesn’t know how to activate the Input menu and put Character Palette in it, I was moved to post this specifically to support an Excel tip (Make Excel in-cell graphs look like bars). And, of course, I was then impelled to create the tip on accessing Character Palette without using the Input menu—but that works only in Apple and very-Apple-compliant programs.
The Input menu and its contents are controlled by settings in the International preference pane:
1. Choose Apple > System Preferences and click on International.
2. Click the Input Menu tab.
3. Check Character Palette in the list.
4. At the bottom of the window, check Show Input Menu in Menu Bar.