OS X / Apple keyboards offer these handy keyboard shortcuts for funky Unicode characters, like
. gives an ellipsis character (
…). How can I use these inside iTerm2.app? Whenever the
⌥ key is pressed in combination with another key it seems to trigger an error (with a sound and everything)
I found this in the iTerm 2 FAQ:
Q: How do I make the option/alt key act like Meta or send escape codes?
A: Go to Preferences → Bookmark tab. Select your bookmark on the left, and then open the Keyboard tab. At the bottom is a set of buttons that lets you select the behavior of the Option key. For many users esc+ will be the best choice.
So I went to Preferences → Profiles → [My Profile] → Keyboard and there I changed the bottom two options to “+esc” instead of “normal” (the default).
But even then, I cannot type special characters using key combinations with the
There’s also a Keyboard section in the Preferences, looking like this:
Would I have to change anything there?
P.S. Note that this works out-of-the-box in OS X’s Terminal.app.