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by klem39 / June 24, 2012 8:48 AM PDT

Back in the dark ages, before most of you were nerds, it was possible to use (please correct) ASKEY to form characters using "Alt / 156" to get £. This I did on my iMac key board to save using the $ etc recently. I now find that the Shift / 3 key now prints £ instead of the Hash sign.
Any idea how to reverse it please?

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Today you have to see what font is in use
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2012 10:06 AM PDT
In reply to: askey

And then select from that font table. Here's an article about this.

So open Font Book ( ) and then look at the Repertoire (displays all characters available in the font. You may need to use the scroll bar or zoom slider bar on the right side of the window to see all of the available character.)

Now that you know where it is in the Font set, you may be able to key it in. I did not find an "ASCII" font set.

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by klem39 / June 25, 2012 8:06 AM PDT

Thanks but not quite what I want. I would like to get the Hash sign when I press Shift / 3, just as I get @$ etc.
Incidentally I get the ASCII set when I hold down "Option" and press a key.

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The easiest way to achieve what you appear to be aiming at
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 25, 2012 10:28 AM PDT
In reply to: ASCII 2

is to use two different keyboard layouts.

To have the # symbol appear in Shift + 3 you would use the US layout and to get the £ sign to appear a UK layout could be used.
You can choose what Keyboards you want to use in System Preferences/Language & Text under the Input Tab.
You can choose as many keyboards as you want and just swap between them as you need.

Another way, would be to use the Input Viewer. You will find it also in the System Preferences/ Language & Text
under the Input Sources Tab.
Click Show Input menu in the Menu bar and from there, when you choose it, you will see a keyboard and the results of pressing various modifier keys.

Incidentally, Any good?


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by klem39 / June 25, 2012 12:06 PM PDT

Thanks, seems to do the trick. I un-ticked the the British option and ticked the Australian box (is US a language ? 8:) . Now find I can get the £ sign using the Option / 3 . also there is a sub culture that still uses ASCII . Google it.
Thanks again.

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ASCII is still around,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 25, 2012 10:03 PM PDT
In reply to: ASCII 3

but it is not as obvious anymore.


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And now we have to avoid it. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 26, 2012 2:42 AM PDT
In reply to: ASCII 3

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