How-To: Finding the Character Map in Mac

I wanted to find a character to paste into some text, I looked in Utilities and Applications but to no avail. After some hunting around and speaking with colleagues it seems there is one built into Mac but it's hidden far away! Here's how to find it:

  1. Open the International System Preferences
  2. Select "Input Menu"
  3. Ensure that "Character Palette" is checked
  4. Ensure that "Show input menu bar" is checked

You should now spot your national flag in the menu bar (next to the clock), if you click on here you should find a "Show Character Palette" option. The only problem is that you'll need to keep the input menu in the menu bar to be able to access the character palette :o(


  1. dotwaffle dotwaffle wrote:

    I believe that you can press Command-T and it'll bring up font properties in most programs. In there, you can get to the character palette, and it'll stay open...

    I know this after doing Cmd-T far far far too many times in Adium...

    Mon 21st January, 2008

  2. Phill Sparks Phill Sparks wrote:

    Ah, good find! It's that config button that I so often don't explore when I get a new dialogue open with "Characters" hidden right in the middle. :-)

    Tue 22nd January, 2008

  3. PeterC PeterC wrote:

    Can't find 'Character Palette' in 'Input Menu'? Neither could I - it had disappeared on my Macbook. This has happened to other Mac users too - for discussion and a fix (that worked for me) see -> this thread on the Apple website.

    Fri 8th August, 2008

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