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Tips and Tricks: Keyboard Shortcuts for Diacritical Marks

November 13, 2013

Keyboard Shortcuts for Diacritical Marks

As we’ve shared before, to check and see if the inside text of a card in a non-English language will print properly, enter your text, save, and use Large View to see how the card will be printed. If you don’t see the diacritical marks you need, choose another font.

Artists who aren’t used to using non-English languages may also be unfamiliar with the ways to get diacritical marks to appear within a font supporting them. You have a few choices.

First, create your text with diacritical marks in a document (like Word), then cut and paste to the inside of the card. You’ll need to check how to create diacritical marks in your chosen program.

Second, if you have Windows, you can switch to the United States International Keyboard layout here. For Mac users, check here. This step is only recommended for artists who use foreign characters a lot – as in the majority of the time – otherwise it’s probably not the best choice for you.

Third, Windows users can take advantage of keyboard shortcuts or ALT numeric codes to produce  most diacritical marks. READ the instructions carefully for best results. Mac users, you’ll need Option codes to do the same thing.

Fourth, when creating your card, open another tab in your browser and go to CopyPasteCharacter.com –  a website that has listed a huge variety of symbols including letters with diacritical marks that you can simply cut and paste into your inside text. If you see any blank boxes, these are most likely symbols such as Cyrillic, Japanese, Chinese, etc. and you don’t have the necessary font to see it correctly.

Lastly, never ever rely on Google translate or other on-line translation service. It’s always better to get your non-English phrases from a reputable source. If you’re unsure, ask in the Forum. Our artist community is truly global and helpful when it comes to making sure something’s right.

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