“Extra-special” characters on an Italian keyboard with Mac OS
Apple Macs are pretty good for inserting accented characters. Even though the Italian keyboard already has a lot of accented characters, you can get even more by holding down a letter for a little longer than normal. This gives you a further set of options:
Press the number associated with the character you want and it gets inserted. Neat.
Then there’s the trick of opening the Mac OS keyboard viewer (from the menu bar (top-right of screen) or with the shortcut: cmd ⌘ + ctrl ⌃ + Space ), which allows you to hold down Shift / cmd ⌘ / opt ⌥ / ctrl ⌃—or any combination thereof—to see what character would be generated:
There are lots of sites showing Mac OS shortcut keys, so I won’t repeat them here. What I want to post here are the hard-to-find / easily forgotten / non-obvious ones on an Italian keyboard—and especially the ones that aren’t easily discoverable using the keyboard viewer. It’s a personal list of useful keys and not in any way intended to be comprehensive.
Remember: these are always on an Italian keyboard.
|Curly left-double-quote||“||opt ⌥ + 2|
|Curly right-double-quote||”||opt ⌥ + Shift + 2|
|Curly left-single-quote||‘||opt ⌥ + 3|
|Curly right-single-quote||’||opt ⌥ + Shift + 3|
|Back-tick||`||opt ⌥ + \|