How to get a real Compose key on OS X
1. Install the U.S. Custom keyboard layout
2. Install Karabiner (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook) or Karabiner Elements
If you’re using macOS Sierra (10.12), install Karabiner Elements.
If you’re using macOS El Capitan (10.11) or lower, install Karabiner.
If you’re on macOS 10.8 or earlier, you'll still use KeyRemap4MacBook, also available at the Karabiner link.
3. Configure the right Command key as your new Compose key
If you installed Karabiner Elements, add a "simple modification" mapping
If you installed Karabainer, edit and reload the private.xml file of Karabiner (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook) to contain the following:
<?xml version="1.0"?> <root> <item> <name>Send ISO Section for right Command</name> <identifier>private.send_iso_section_for_right_command</identifier> <autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::COMMAND_R, KeyCode::UK_SECTION</autogen> </item> </root>
If you already have a private.xml, you should only paste in the
Full instructions are at: https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/document.html.en#privatexml
4. Enable the new “Send ISO Section for right Command” option in Karabiner/KeyRemap4MacBook
Ticky the box next to it. If you can't find it, use the search to narrow down the list. If you still can't find it, make sure you completed step 3 correctly.
5. Try it out!
Focus on any text input and try typing the following sequence to make a ♥:
You can discover what compositions are available by using my “compose” program.