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Using the Keyboard & Character Viewer    
Have you ever needed to type a symbol such as the copyright sign or the symbol for the Euro and don’t know where to find them? Now you can use the keyboard & character viewer! The first thing that you want to do is go to your system preferences, then click on Language & Text tab, or the International tab, depending on what operating system you have. Next click on Input Sources. Now you want to check on Keyboard & Character Viewer, or Character Palette and Keyboard Viewer. Now you can close system preferences. At the top of your menu bar you will notice a new icon, or an American Flag, again, depending on your operating system. Click on the icon and then click on Show Character Palette. The new window appears showing all of the symbols. Just click on the one you want and click insert and the symbol will be added to your word document. The other way to find a symbol is go back to the flag symbol and click on Show Keyboard Viewer. Now a window of your keyboard will appear. Go ahead and hold down your option key and you will see the symbols change. Now hold down the option and shift key and different symbols appear. This lets you know what keyboard command will create the symbol that you want!
 
 
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