OS X El Capitan: Use the Keyboard Viewer

OS X El Capitan: Use the Keyboard Viewer

See where characters for other languages, and special characters and symbols, are located on your keyboard.
  1. Click the Input menu in the menu bar, then choose the input source for the language whose keyboard you want to view.

  2. Choose Show Keyboard Viewer from the Input menu.

    If the command isn’t shown, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, click Keyboard, then select “Show Keyboard, Emoji, & Symbol Viewers in menu bar.”

  3. Press the key on your keyboard that corresponds to the character shown in the Keyboard Viewer, or click keys in the Keyboard Viewer.

    Press a modifier key, or a combination of modifier keys, to see special characters or symbols you can type. For example, hold down the Option key or the Option and Shift keys.

If you changed your input source or keyboard layout in step 1, be sure to change it back, if necessary.

If you don’t see a specific character or symbol, try using the Character Viewer.


To use emoji on the Mac

To use emoji on the Mac

  1. Position the cursor in any text field you’d like to insert an emoji, like posting a tweet for example.
  2. Press the command and control keys on your keyboard. Then press the space bar.
  3. That will launch the Characters palette.
  4. Click on the Emoji icon in the sidebar.
  5. Emoji are divided into several categories: People, Nature, Food & Drink, Celebration, Activity, Travel & Places, and Objects & Symbols.
  6. Click on whichever emoji you’d like to use and they’ll be inserted where you left your cursor.
  7. When you’re done, click on the red circle in the upper left hand corner of the Characters palette to make it disappear.


Enable Single Window Mode for Safari

You may have noticed that some links in Safari absolutely refuse to open in the same window. After a while this can leave you with several windows open at once – which can make your desktop a real mess.  You can, however, change this so that links that would normally open in a new window will now open in a new tab instead.

To do you need to launch the Terminal and type in the following:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool true

Hit return the quit and restart Safari. Now all of your links that would normally open in a new window will open in a new tab. If you want to change back to the previous settings all you have to do is open Terminal and type in:

defaults write com.apple.Safari TargetedClicksCreateTabs -bool false

The close and restart Safari again.

Macintosh Accent Codes


To insert these characters, press the Option key (bottom of keyboard) then other “code” key to make the symbol appear.

© Copyright symbol Option+G
® Registered Option+R
Trademark Option+2
Paragraph Symbol Option+7
Dot Option+8
§ Section Symbol Option+6
en-dash. Option, then minus sign Option+-
em-dash Shift+Option+-
Dagger Option+T

Grab Screenshot

Command-Shift-4 – Will bring up a target icon. Select the area you want to take a screenshot of and it will save that selection to your desktop.

Command-Shift-3 – Will take a screenshot of what is on your current screen.

Command-Shift-4, then space, then click a window – Will take a screenshot of the selected window.

The following commands will do the same thing as above but will save your picture to the clipboard for use wherever you want to paste it to:

Command-Control-Shift-3 – Will take a screenshot what is on the screen and save it to your clipboard

Command-Control-Shift-4, then select an area – Will take a screenshot of the selected area and be saved to the clipboard.

Command-Control-Shift-4, then space, then click a window – Will take a screenshot of the window you select and save it to the clipboard.

How to: Force Eject a CD or DVD that is stuck in your Mac

Force Eject a CD or DVD that is stuck in your Mac

→ Open Terminal.app and type “drutil tray eject” – this will eject the disk tray most of the time.

 If you’re still having no luck, you can restart your Mac and hold down the mouse button. Keep your finger pressed down until the disk ejects, or the login screen appears.