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How to configure keyboard shortcuts for special character on OS X? For example, one would set ALT+C to ©.

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This question: on the Apple SA is similar, and has some nice answers. – JW. Mar 27 '14 at 13:28

Create ~/Library/KeyBindings/ and save a property list like this as DefaultKeyBinding.dict:

    "~c" = (insertText:, "©");

Applying changes requires reopening applications. The custom keybindings don't work in all applications or views, but they do seem to work in Sublime Text 2.

For more information, see and

You could also make a custom keyboard layout with Ukelele or create a private.xml in KeyRemap4MacBook.

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@´ This gives me a syntax error when trying to source the file: DefaultKeyBinding.dict: line 2: syntax error near unexpected token `(' – Winterflags Dec 14 '15 at 9:28

To type © on a Mac, it's Alt+g

To configure keyboard shortcuts for special characters on OS X:

System Preferences > Language & Text > Text > Symbol & Text substitution. Use the + on the bottom of the list to add the ones you want.

EDIT 08/19/12:

According to, you can make Text Substitution universal in Macs by executing the command in Terminal:

defaults write -g WebAutomaticTextReplacementEnabled -bool true
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I have made an edit to the answer, hope this helps. – superuser Aug 19 '12 at 4:18
Symbol & Text substitution is not working for my editor, sublime. – Dokkat Aug 19 '12 at 4:29
I'm not familiar with Sublime, but I found this article which might help in your case: – superuser Aug 19 '12 at 4:38
@superuser, that link contains some nice info. Please add the defaults write and Edit > Substitutions to your answer. – user3463 Aug 19 '12 at 6:03
The defaults command does the same thing as the checkbox in the Language & Text preference pane. – user495470 Aug 19 '12 at 9:45

You can trick your computer into auto-correcting some string of text into the symbol of your choice.

On Mavericks, go to: System Preferences > Keyboard > Text

I told mine to replace "theta" with "θ"

Yep, that worked.

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