I often find I need a check mark. I've figured out ways to get one, but I really wanted to do it simply from the keyboard. Well, I finally figured it out. I don't even remember how I found it.
It's really simple:
Option + V
(Hold the option, then type V.)
Is that enough for a post all by itself? No. Well I also am looking for an arrow to stick in. I don't think there is this simple an arrow key [let me know if there is]. But, for some things this » is good enough. And that can be done from the keyboard too.
Opt + Shift + \ = »
There are better arrows but they are not instantly available from the keyboard. But there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts like this that you can find easily by looking at the Keyboard Viewer. This shows you all the characters. Here it shows all the characters on the normal keyboard. If you press the shift key, it shows you the characters.
|1. Show Keyboard|
Below shows me holding down the option key to see what characters you get. (Yes, I changed the background image in the middle of this.) You can see there are different characters.
|2. Show Keyboard, holding option key|
To find the keyboards, you go to the Language symbol on the top toolbar - here it's the American flag. Then go down to Open Keyboard.
|3. Drop down menu from Language icon to Open Keyboard|
If you don't have the Flag in your toolbar - it's related to the language you have your keyboard set to - you can go to Apple System Preferences,
then go to Language & Text.
At languages and text, you'll need to get to Input Sources, and then at the bottom check "Show input menu in menu bar."
That should get you a flag in the toolbar on top. Then go back up to (Image 3) Dropdown Menu to Show Keyboard.
Have fun. There are just so many things hidden in these machines to discover.
I've also circled the Unicode Hex Input. You can use that to get arrows - left, right, up, down - that you can get using code. I'll add that in later.