Tip #128: 9 Hidden Mac Keyboard Symbols

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Tip #128: 9 Hidden Mac Keyboard Symbols

Larry Jordan – https://LarryJordan.com

The Option key is your passport to hidden symbols.

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We all know about emoji, but there are useful symbols hidden all over your keyboard. Most of these can be found using the Option key; some with Shift + Option. Here are some of the most useful.

Type This Get This What This Is
Option + [ ] “ ” Curved Quotes
Option + g © Copyright symbol
Option + r ® Registered trademark
Option + 2 Trademark symbol
Option + 8 Bullet symbol
Shift + Option + 8 ° Degree symbol
Option + 3 £ British pound
Shift + Option + 2 Euro
Shift + Option + = ± Plus/Minus symbol

When you have a few free minutes, press Option, then Shift + Option and press different keys. You’ll find a wealth of symbols scattered all over your keyboard.

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1 reply
  1. Marty Vermillion
    Marty Vermillion says:

    Thanks for this! I had to search through all the fonts and special characters looking for curved quotes in the past for a client that demanded them. Even considered adjusting commas to work. Great shortcut!


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