How the Heck Do I Type an Accent?
12 Feb, 2016. 0 Comments. Fonts, Type Tips. Posted By: Tina DeJarld

Need an em dash in your document? If you’re a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you could probably tap out Shift + Option + Hyphen in your sleep.

A registered trademark symbol? Option + R, of course. Or maybe you prefer the Type > Insert Special Character flyout menu, which displays a handful of such commonly used marks.

But what if you need an accent, a fraction or an umlaut (as in Mötley Crüe)?

These special characters — or glyphs, as they are technically known — are needed for everything from financial documents to cookbooks. And there’s an easy way to access them in InDesign: the Glyphs panel.

Just choose Type > Glyphs to open the panel. Click in your document where you want to insert a special character, or highlight the character you want to replace. Find that character in the palette and double-click to insert it.

A few tips for navigating the Glyphs panel:

If you use a character often, it’s shown in the Recently Used boxes across the top for easy access.

To filter the options (for example, Currency or Punctuation), go to the Show menu.

To change the font, go to the menu at the bottom of the panel.

To change the size of the characters, use the mountain icons in the lower-right corner.

Create a custom glyphs set if your document calls for the same glyphs over and over. Choose New Glyph Set from the menu in the upper-right corner.

Note that Illustrator and QuarkXPress also have a Glyphs panel. And in Word, it’s Insert > Symbol > Symbol Browser.

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