Have you recently moved from Windows to macOS? Or, perhaps you have been a Mac user for some time but you have got a new external keyboard with a slightly different layout and now you are having a hard time to get used to it? Whatever the reason, here we'll teach you how to easily type various symbols and others useful characters on your Mac. What is Character Viewer? When it comes to special symbols, Mac has a very useful feature called the Character Viewer. In this tutorial, we will explain how to use the Character Viewer to access any special characters that you want, including currency symbols such as Euro, Dollar, Yen, etc., or different mathematical symbols, accents, emojis and pictographs. We will start by mentioning that, in general, the keyboard layouts can vary depending on your location so, if we take a UK and a US keyboard for example, there may be some slight differences. Moreover, certain keyboard shortcuts may not work in some applications, especially in third-party apps. That\u2019s why, wherever possible, we will do our best to point out the major differences, but if we happen to miss out some, don\u2019t hesitate to drop us a message in the comments. The shortcuts that you will find in this article should work on all Apple\u2019s applications but we cannot guarantee that you can use them with non-Apple apps or web browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Can you change your keyboard layout? As we mentioned, keyboard layouts may vary based on your location but you can still switch from one layout to another from the System Preferences of your Mac. Sometimes, just with such a change it may be far easier to access your preferred special characters. Here is how to do that: \tIn the menu bar of your Mac, click the "Apple" button. \tThen navigate to "System Preferences\u201d and select \u201cKeyboard". \tNext, choose the "Input Sources" tab. The "Input Sources" section allows you to switch between several keyboard layouts. \tEnsure that the "Show input icon in menu bar" checkbox is selected. \tClick the "+" button to browser through all the available layouts. \tPick the keyboard layout that you want to use from the pop-up, and then click "Add". Make a choice from the list of keyboard layouts that are supported by macOS. \tRepeat the steps to add more layouts to your list. If you want to change between the layouts, click the flag icon in the menu bar of your Mac. How to type special characters on macOS? MacOS keyboard supports multiple special characters which do not appear in the actual hardware keys. Here we will show you some handy keyboard shortcuts for currency symbols: \u20ac: Euro On a UK keyboard: use the Alt\/Option + 2 shortcut On a US keyboard: use the Alt\/Option + Shift + 2 \u00a3: British pound sterling You can type a \u00a3 symbol with Alt\/Option + 3 keyboard shortcut irrespective of the keyboard layout. $ and \u00a2: Dollars and cents For a Dollar symbol use the Shift + 4 keyboard shortcut. For a cent symbol use the Alt\/Option + 4 \u00a5: Japanese Yen and Chinese yuan\/renminbi For the \u201c\u00a5\u201d symbol use the Option + Y shortcut How to access more special characters such as Emojis, accents, and pictograph? In case you need to use a currency symbol that isn\u2019t supported by a keyboard shortcut or you need some special character, then macOS has a built-in Character Viewer that allows you to access a range of additional characters, including bullets, stars, arrows, and \u201cletter-like symbols\u201d such as the trademark sign, Fahrenheit, Celsius and others. Here is how to launch the Character Viewer window: \tFrom the Mac menu bar, select \u201cEdit > Emoji & Symbols\u201d. Alternatively, the Character Viewer can be launched using the Ctrl + Command + Space keyboard shortcut. The Character Viewer is accessible from practically any area of macOS. \tWhen the Character Viewer window opens, select \u201cCurrency Symbols\u201d. There will be a left-hand menu where you can chose from all the different characters that are available. \tFind the symbol that you want to insert and click it. You should now see all of the available font variations for your chosen character. \tDouble-click the font variation that you want to have it inserted into your application or document. How to create a \u201cFavorites\u201d folder in Character Viewer? The \u201cFavorites\u201d folder of Character Viewer is a very handy option that can save you tons of time and can keep your most frequently used symbols and characters available within a click. To add a character to your \u201cFavorites\u201d folder, simply select the symbol that you want and then click \u201cAdd to Favorites.\u201d To remove a character from your \u201cFavorites\u201d folder: \tIf it is not open, launch the Character Viewer window (\u201cEdit > Emoji & Symbols\u201d) \tChoose the \u201cFavorites\u201d folder. \tFind the character that you want to remove and click it. \tThen, select \u201cRemove from Favorites.\u201d How to add Character Viewer to your menu bar? In case that you need to regularly launch the Character Viewer to have quick access to special symbols and characters, then you should know that there is a way to make it accessible directly from your Mac\u2019s menu bar. Here is how to do that: \tNavigate to \u201cSystem Preferences > Keyboard.\u201d \tMake sure the Keyboard tab is selected. \tNext, tick the \u201cShow keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar\u201d checkbox. \tOnce you do that, a new icon should appear in your Mac\u2019s menu bar. \tWhen you want to launch the Character Viewer window, simply click this icon and select \u201cShow Emojis & Symbols.\u201d Final words Finding special characters and symbols in macOS may initially seem difficult but, as you can see, with a little tinkering with the settings and with the help of the Character Viewer, you can have access to a whole collection of arrows, emojis, bullets, letter-like symbols and currency symbols. The \u201cFavorites\u201d folder and the shortcut combinations also allow you to quickly call up the symbols that you need. In case that you have some more special character tips or shortcuts that you want to share or you want to add something that we didn\u2019t cover in this article, we would love to hear from you in the comments section below.