If your work on a Mac involves typing “special characters,” the kind of characters that are hard to access on a keyboard, or if you simply like typing Emoji characters in instant messages and tweets, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a quick way to access these characters.
In any application that allows text input, choose Edit > Special Characters, or press Command-Control-Space.
You’ll see either a palette, as here, or a popup menu, showing the most recently used special characters, along with any that you’ve marked as favorites.
You can insert any of these characters in your text by clicking them, or you can see other characters, such as Emoji, by clicking the buttons at the bottom of the palette.
You can also open the full Characters window by clicking the button at the top-right of the palette; you can search for characters here by name, and add them to the Favorites list.
This is a very useful way to access those characters that you don’t need often, but that are hard to type. If you use such characters, you’ll find yourself using this new palette often.