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Using the Glyphs Palette

Quick — what’s the keystroke for a trademark symbol? The Euro symbol or Japanese Yen symbol? If you can’t remember the keystrokes for all the characters you use, then you need to open the Glyphs palette. The Glyphs palette lets you easily see all the characters in a typeface. You can also use the palette to display the alternate letterforms in OpenType fonts (see page 411).

To insert characters:

  1. Place the insertion point where you would like the character to be inserted.
  2. Choose Type > Glyphs. This opens the Glyphs palette 62.gif.

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  3. Choose the typeface and style of the character you want to insert.
  4. Scroll through the Preview area to find the character you want to insert.
  5. Double-click the character you want to insert.
  6. Repeat step 5 to insert any additional characters.

To access alternative characters:

  1. Place your insertion point where you want to insert the alternative characters.
  2. Press the small triangle next to the glyph in the Glyphs palette 63.gif. This opens the alternative letterforms for that character.

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  3. Choose the alternative character. This inserts the character into the text.

As you hunt through the Glyphs palette, you may find there are too many glyphs to look through. Fortunately you can use the palette to create custom glyph sets. These sets can contain collections of your favorite glyphs.

To create a glyph set:

  1. Choose New Glyph Set from the Glyphs palette menu.
  2. Name the set in the New Glyph Set dialog box 64.gif.

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  3. Click OK.

Once you have created a glyph set, you can add your favorite characters from any font into the glyph set.

To add characters to a glyph set:

  1. Use the Glyphs palette to select the character you want to add to an existing glyph set.
  2. Choose Add to Glyph Set > [Set Name] from the Glyphs palette menu. The character appears in the glyph set.

To insert characters in a glyph set:

  1. Choose the glyph set from the Glyph Set menu in the Glyphs palette.
  2. Double-click to insert the glyph.

Once you have created a glyph set, you can edit the items in the set.

To edit the characters in a glyph set:

  1. Choose Edit Glyph Set > [Set Name] from the Glyphs palette menu. The Edit Glyph Set dialog box appears 65.gif.

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  2. Select the glyph item that you want to edit.
  3. Choose Remember Font with Glyph to set the glyph to a specific font. This means the glyph does not change to match the font in the text it’s inserted into.

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    Deselect Remember Font with Glyph to use the unicode value of the current font. This option lets you match a character such as the Euro symbol to the text it is inserted into.

  4. If you have selected Remember Font with Glyph, you can change the typeface and style in the Edit Glyph dialog box.
  5. Click the Delete from Set button to delete a glyph from a set.
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