Here’s a problem that not many Mac users have, but if you have it then you want an easy solution. What’s built in to OS X doesn’t work as easily as you’d expect for a solution from Apple.
Click the Edit menu, then select Special Characters… at the bottom. That pops up the Characters window. Character size can be changed, and there’s a menu item to customize the list but the whole process is multiple steps.
There’s another way that’s also multiple steps. Open System Preferences, click on Language and Text, then click the Input Sources button. Click the Show Input Menu in the Menubar. That gives you access to both Show Character Viewer and Show Keyboard Viewer from the language flag in the Menubar.
Or, keep it easy and add Ultra Character Map to your Mac. This clever utility unlocks characters and pictures that cannot be accessed from the keyboard or with the regular character palette– characters and glyphs from any font.
Unlike Apple’s skimpy built-in tools, Ultra Character Map gives you quick access to fonts, characters, the Mac’s font catalog, side-by-side comparison, and filters to view fonts by style, collection, name, or classification.
Ultra Character Font does more, too. Enter your text, then scroll through the font list to view the text in any font on your Mac. All the Emoji characters are instantly available. Find what you want, drag and drop into your document.
This clever app also lets you view the keystrokes that produce specific characters for each font. Ultra Character Map isn’t for every Mac user, but if you want more control over fonts, characters, glyphs, Emoji and more, this is the one to have.