Sunday, June 28, 2020

How to type grave accent on a QWERTY keyboard.


Keyboard Viewer shows letters
where you can type the grave accent
If you are used to the QWERTY layout on your keyboard but occasionally have to type in French or other languages with accents, you don't have to switch to the French AZERTY layout.

To type the grave accent, the one that goes to the left, press the Option (Alt) key and tap on the accent key to the left of the Z. Then type an 'a' and you get à the preposition instead of a the form of avoir (to have). This is good for capitals as well — À.

The same works for all other vowels. The screenshot here shows the QWERTY layout with all the keys where you can type the grave accent.

PS: I've checked this trick for Pages 8.1 version, it still works.

Accent grave: Accent qui marque le e ouvertL’accent grave sert aussi à distinguer des homonymes :  (adverbe) et ou(conjonction); à (préposition) et a (verbe avoir).

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Jumping from word to word.


This little trick may be useful when you micro-edit a text. 

When you want to jump from word to word quickly, you don’t need to click with your moust cursor or swipe on the trackpad — and miss. 

Instead, press Shift and tap on right/left arrows. The cursor will ‘jump’ to the next word. 

Equally, you can highlight text word by word by pressing Shift and Option simultaneously. This can be useful for example, when you add hyperlinks to parts of the text.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Clipart: telephone sign



(Emoji and Symbols)



Update for Pages 8.1, Mac OS High Sierra.

The telephone symbol can be found in two ways.

In the main menu at the top of the screen, go Edit > Emoji and Symbols.

This opens a huge collections of various non-letter or letter-like symbols, including the beloved of the internet generation silly faces and cute animals. The telephone symbol ☎︎ is right at the bottom of the window, in the section Sign/Standard Symbols and marked ♻︎ in the speed selection panel at the bottom of the window. By clicking on the double arrow sign there you can skip from section to section without having to scroll down a very long cache of options.

The second, more traditional way is to open the same window by clicking/tapping on the Language/Keyboard layout selection icon at the top right of the screen and sliding, again, to Emoji and Symbols.

Note that this works in Pages and in practically all Mac applications and browsers, including Google Chrome.

This post is an update to my previous articles on Mac clipart and various hidden places where you can find it. Click/tap on the clipart tag to read more. The previous post about the telephone symbol is here, I am going to update and link it to this.

The most recent article here described the Character Palette/Viewer. Now, in the current Mac OS (July 2019), it is replaced by Emoji and Symbols palette (viewer or window, describe it as you wish).  


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Sunday, April 07, 2019

Blogger login problem after Google+ closure


For several days now there has been an 'endless loop' problem with logging in into Blogger.

When try to log in or go to Blogger from whatever other Google application, such as gmail, by  choosing Blogger from the services menu at the top right of the browser page, it takes you to the Welcome page inviting you to create a blog or log in. When you click login it takes you back to the Welcome page.

The solution here is to go to your Google profile and 'change' your profile (displayed) name. In fact, you don't have to change it, just type it in as it is or was and click go to Blogger. Than will take you to your usual Blogger page with blog posts, stat and all the other stuff.

Here is the direct link:  https://www.blogger.com/switch-profile.g  

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Clipart for Pages revisited.

(update for Pages 7.3)

About ten years ago I published a comprehensive review of various places on your Mac where you can find clipart and clipart like images, that come pre-installed on your computer. (See 'Clipart for iWork/Pages where is it')

Looking for clipart remains one of the top searches for Apple Mac users. Much of what I described in that old article still stands. Some things have changed slightly.

In fact, Apple has added some new collections of ready-made clipart. It's very easy to use,  just remember where it is.


For example, instead of Character Palette, there is now a Character Viewer.
To go to it, open System Preferences, choose Keyboard and click on Input Sources (that's where you add or remove additional languages that you may be using).
At the bottom of the window there is a box Show Input menu in menu bar. Tick it, and the language icon, a national flag, will appear at the top of the screen.
When you click on it, at the bottom you see Show emoji and symbols option. Click on it, and the Character Viewer will open.
Here you will find hundreds of clipart symbols, including, yes, emoji, but also many others, animals, flags, cars, stars etc.
Choose the one you want and drag it to your document.

You can also double-click it to add to your document, or — this is an additional beauty — to whatever text you are typing on the Internet, for example in a Facebook discussion or to your blog. Double-click the symbol to add it to your text. Like this, for example, 🤠.

Another hidden gem is 'image bullets'.
Everyone familiar with word processing knows about lists and bullets.
In Pages, open the Text Inspector (under the View menu, go to Inspector and check/tick Show Format).
In the Inspector side-pane, look further down for Bullets and Lists and click on No Bullets tab to open a drop-down menu. There you will see the Image Bullets option.
Click on it to show a host of attractive image bullets. They will appear at the beginning of each paragraph that you choose to have bullets.

Now, the last option there is Custom Image. If you choose it, you may add your own image, a mugshot of yourself or someone else, or an avatar, like in the Internet forums.
Use it to liven up your document when you prepare role-playing games, or teacher-student discussions, or when you write a script.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Resetting display.


If you use an external additional display you may encounter this frustrating problem: screen seems to go wider than the display with menus on the dges half-obscured; images are distorted (squashed) and fuzzy; everything seems out of proportion.

Restarting the machine or calibrating the display may not resolve the issue.

One simple trick not to be forgotten is resetting the display. Disconnect (unplug) it from the computer, wait for about 30 seconds and reconnect. The display comes back to its usual behaviour.

It worked for me a few times, so I thought I should share it.


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