TIP: Put the Character Palette in the Input menu

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.

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One Response to TIP: Put the Character Palette in the Input menu

  1. trickyt says:

    I am using Snow Leopard. The instructions to access the Character Palette do not seem to correspond to Snow Leopard. For example, when I follow instruction No 1 above :
    1. Choose Apple > System Preferences and click on International.

    I find that “international” is not one of the choices.

    I found another option, “Language and Text” >> “Input Sources” >> “Keyboard and Character viewer”, but that does not seem to change anything that I can find. More importantly it does not seem to put the Character Palette on my menu bar at the bottom of the screen.

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