Q: I occasionally write emails in Spanish and French. Is there an easy way to insert the proper characters in Gmail or an email client?
A: You could program your computer with different keyboard shortcuts or write all your emails in Word. But the easiest way that we've found to deal with this problem is CopyPasteCharacter.com. The site is simple, as you can see in the screenshot. Just click on the character you want and it gets copied to the clipboard. Hit paste in whatever you're working on and the symbol appears.
The site is also extremely useful if you've got a love for unusual punctuation marks like the interrobang (‽), the spork of the punctuation world . In Word, you have to set your font to Wingdings 2, then hit shift-6. With CopyPasteCharacter, you just click the interrobang and wham -- ‽ -- there it is.
It's simple. It's free. It sits nicely in your bookmark bar. Try it.
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