Accented Words and Text Expansion Tools
SmileOnMyMac has brought out a snippet pack for their application TextExpander which automatically adds accents to a list of English words. We've already written about TextExpander and some of the ways to use TextExpander but it's one of those topics where there's always more that you can write about.
Adding accented words is a great idea that you could do by hand for any text expansion tool. I have a brother whose name has an acute "tick" on the final letter, so I type accented characters quite often - they're not difficult to type with Mac OS X but not having to type them saves that little bit of time and energy.
For those who want to add those words manually to a text expansion tool, you'll need to find out how to type them using a keyboard set up for your language first. If you're not using English, I suggest checking out the typing special and accented characters article from MacCentre701 - it shows you how to activate the keyboard viewer and use it to find what special characters are available.
Here's a reminder on how to type the characters you'll need using the US, UK, or International English keyboards:
- Acute - Type option-e then the letter you need. Example: option-e a gives us é.
- Grave - Type option-` then the letter. Example: Option-` plus o gives us ò.
- Umlaut - Type option-u then the letter. Example: Option-u plus u gives us ü.
- Cedilla - Type option-c to get ç.
- Tilde - Type option-n then the letter. Example: Option-n plus n gives ñ.
- Circumflex - Type option-i then the letter. Example: Option-i plus o gives ô.
- Ricky Buchanan