How can I add unicode glyphs using just the keyboard?
I want to use glyphs in my text with keyboard shortcuts.
Say an endmark, instead of placing it through the glyphs panel I want to use my keyboard.
Assuming you're in InDesign and you are editing text in a container:
- Press and hold down the Alt key
- Press the + (plus) key on the numeric keypad
- Type the hexidecimal unicode value
- Release the Alt key
You need to do a little setup first (example using Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.2)
- System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources
- Click the + button at the bottom of the left-hand pane
- A sheet will slide down. Type Unicode in the Search field
- Click Unicode Hex Input in the right-hand pane
- Click Add Now you have Unicode Input enabled for the system
- I always turn "Show input menu in menu bar" ON so I can see the input mode I have selected
- Still in Keyboard, click the Shortcuts tab
- Select Input Sources on the left
- Select BOTH "Select the previous input source" and "Select next source in Input menu"
- Set the shortcuts to something useful.
Now you can select your regular keyboard layout or Unicode Hex Input from the keyboard.
When you're in Unicode Hex Input:
Simply hold down Option key and type the hex code of the character you want (no need to type the + (plus) sign).