Mac Extended Keyboard

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The U.S. Extended keyboard allows you to types accented carons (č), ogoneks (ą), dots (), thorns (þ) and others.
This page includes instructions for activating the Extended Keyboard and its codes.

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  1. Combining Diacritics – Makes any combination, but there may be display issues

Open your Mac's System Preferences. To do this, click the System Preferences icon in your Dock. Overview Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout, with document navigation controls for quick scrolling and full-size arrow keys for gaming. A scissor mechanism beneath each key allows for increased stability, while optimized key travel and a low profile provide a comfortable and precise typing experience. If you go to System Preferences/Keyboard there’s a tab that allows you to customize many system keyboard shortcuts. Here you can see I have set my F-1 and F-2 keys to adjust the screen brightness. But you can also use the extended function keys like F16, F17 etc. Launch Apps or URLs. They will remain active in your profile between logins. See the Macintosh Computing Lab page to see which Mac operating system is installed. Activate Extended Keyboard. To use these codes, you need to activate the U.S. Extended keyboard (or ABC Extented in El Capitan) in the System Preferences following the instructions below.

Student Computing Labs

Follow the instructions below to activate different keyboards as needed. They will remain active in your profile between logins. See the Macintosh Computing Lab page to see which Mac operating system is installed.

Activate Extended Keyboard

To use these codes, you need to activate the U.S. Extended keyboard (or ABC Extented in El Capitan) in the System Preferences following the instructions below.
Note: Some codes may not work if the software or Web site does not fully support Unicode.

Activate U.S. Extended Keyboard in Yosemite/Mavericks

See the Mac Keyboard instructions for activation instructions before Mavericks.
Keyboard with numeric keypad
  1. Go to the Apple menu and open Systems Preferences.
  2. Click the Languages and Regions (U.N. flag) icon on the first row of the Systems Preferences panel.
  3. lick the Keyboard Preferences button at the bottom of the window to open the keyboard preferences.
  4. Click the Input Sources tab.
  5. Click the + putton to see a list of languages with keyboards. The U.S. Extended keyboard is listed under English. Click Add to ensure that they keyboard is activated.

Us Extended Keyboard Mac

Switch Keyboards

  1. Make sure you have activated all the appropriate keyboards following the instructions in the previous section.
  2. Open a software application such as a word processor, spread-sheet or any other application in which you need to enter text.
  3. On the upper right portion of the screen, click on the American flag icon (). Use the dropdown menu to select the U.S.Extended Keyboard ().
  4. The keyboard will be switched and an appropriate font will be selected within the application. A flag icon corresponding to the keyboard will be displayed on the upper right.
  5. To switch back to the standard U.S. keyboard or to some other keyboard, click on the flag icon on the upper right and select a keyboard from the dropdown menu.
Characters

Note on Fonts

Many of the fonts from Apple, Adobe and Unicode friendly fonts include the extended accents, but some older fonts or decorative fonts may be missing characters. Check your documents carefully to be sure formatting is consistent.

Extended Keyboard Codes

Note: If these codes are not working, then please make sure you have activated and switched to the extended keyboard following the instructions above.

Accent codes for Mac Extended Keboard. X = any letter
ACCENTSAMPLETEMPLATENOTES
Circumflex Ŵ,ŵOption+6,XWorks with many letters including W. Note difference from Option+I in U.S. Standard keyboard.
Accented Y Ý,ŸSee NotesUse Option+E for acute Y and Option+U for umlaut Y
Macron Ō,ō Option+A, XLatin long mark, plus long Y (Ȳ) and long ash (Ǣ). Use Option+K,A if you need A-ring.
Breve Ŏ,ŏOption+B, XShort vowel mark
Arch (inverted Breve) Ȏ,ȏShift+Option+S, XAppears over vowels
Nasal Vowel Tilde Ẽ,ẽSee NotesUse Option+N to place a tilde over any vowel including E,I
Hacheck Č,čOption+V, X Used in Czech and other languages
Cedilla/Cedille Ş,şOption+C, X Works with S and other letters as well as C
Polish Ogonek Ą,ąOption+M, X Used in Polish for nasal vowels. Reverse of French cedille
A ring, U ring Ů,ůOption+K, X U ring in Czech; A-ring in Scnadinavian languages
Hungarian Double Acute Ő,őOption+J, X Appears only over O,U
Double Grave Ȍ,ȍShift+Option+Y, X Tone marker in some Slavic languages. Works with vowels plus R.
Strikethrough Bar ł,ɨOption+L, X Works with L,I,O
Subscript Dot ṣ,ḍOption+X, X Used to indicate retroflex consonants
Superscript Dotṡ,ḟ,Option+W, X Used in Polish and Old Irish.
Thornþ,ÞOption+T
Shift+Option+T
Used in Icelandic and Old English
Ethð,ÐOption+D
Shift+Option+D
Used in Icelandic and Old English

Combining Diacritics

These codes add accents to ANY Letter via Unicode combining characters (glossary). As a result, there may be unusual display issues with certain fonts or certain letters (e.g. Install zoom for mac os ipad. capital letters).

To use these codes first type the letter, then type the code.
NOTE: If these codes are not working, then please make sure you have activated and switched to the extended keyboard following the instructions above.

Mac Extended Keyboard Not Working

Combing Diacritics: Type Letter first, then Code
ACCENTSAMPLETEMPLATE
Combining Acute V́,v́Shift+Option+E
Combining Double Acute V̋,v̋ Shift+Option+J
Combining Grave V̀,v̀ Shift+Option+`
Combining Umlaut/Diaresis V̈,v̈Shift+Option+U
Combining CircumflexV̂,v̂Shift+Option+6
Combining Tilde Ṽ,ṽ Shift+Option+N
Combing Caron/HachekV̌,v̌Shift+Option+V
Combining Macron V̄,v̄ Shift+Option+A
Combining Macron Below J̱,j̱Shift+Option+H
Combining Breve V̆,v̆ Shift+Option+B
Combining Cedille V̧,v̧ Shift+Option+C
Combining Ogonek V̨,v̨Shift+Option+M
Combining Ring Above V̊,v̊ Shift+Option+K
Combining Stroke V̵,v̵Shift+Option+L
Superscript Dot Above V̇,v̇Shift+Option+W
Combining Dot Below J̣,j̣Shift+Option+X
Combining Comma Below V̦,v̦Shift+Option+I
Combining Horn V̛,v̛Shift+Option+I