tiltype unicode from the keyboard
I’m often looking up Unicode code points to use in various places. There are two ways I type them quickly from the keyboard.
The first way is a cheat. In the first tab of Keyboard preferences, ensure “Press 🌐 to: ” is set to “Show Emoji & Symbols”. Now tap the
fn key to bring up the Symbols picker. The search does a half decent job of finding the symbol you need. Clicking it behaves as a key press.
The second way is best if you know the code. From the Keyboard preferences in the “Input Sources” tab, press the
+ button and add the “Unicode Hex Input” keyboard. When using this keyboard,
⌥+<key> no longer produces an alternate symbol, but instead allows you to type in hex codes.
Now by holding ⌥ and typing
229b, I can type: ⊛
One small caveat is that this only supports 4-digit UTF-16 codes, but it does support surrogate pairs. This is annoying to type, but does allow entering Emoji directly via keyboard.
For example holding ⌥ and typing