Symbols in OS X

Symbols

I couldn’t find a lot of symbols when I first started using a Macbook. This was partly because I have it set up to support different languages and partly because many symbols aren’t produced by Shift.

You can get most symbols in the same way as on a Windows machine i.e. by pressing Shift.  However in OS X you can get a second set of symbols by pressing Option/Alt.

So the usual normal keys are:

Symbol
§
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
0
=
[
]
;
\
/
.
,
`

You can use this for reference.

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Symbols using Shift:

Symbol Key Combination
± Shift and §
! Shift and 1
@ Shift and 2
£ Shift and 3
$ Shift and 4
% Shift and 5
^ Shift and 6
& Shift and 7
* Shift and 8
( Shift and 9
) Shift and 0
_ Shift and –
{ Shift and [
} Shift and ]
: Shift and ;
Shift and ‘
| Shift and \
? Shift and /
> Shift and .
< Shift and ,
~ Shift and `

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You can get a different set of symbols using Alt:

Symbol Key Combination
¡ Alt and 1
Alt and 2
# Alt and 3
¢ Alt and 4
Alt and 5
§ Alt and 6
Alt and 7
Alt and 8
ª Alt and 9
º Alt and 0
Alt and =
Alt and [
Alt and ]
Alt and ;
æ Alt and ‘
« Alt and \
÷ Alt and /

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You can also get a different set of symbols using ひらがな.  If you aren’t sure how to switch input languages have a look at this post.  If you have it set up and change to hiragana

and you can get the following symbols using the usual normal keys:

Symbol
\

Symbols using Shift:

Symbol Key Combination
Shift and 1
Shift and 2
Shift and 3
Shift and 4
Shift and 5
Shift and 6
Shift and 7
Shift and 8
Shift and 9
Shift and 0
_ Shift and –
Shift and =
Shift and [
Shift and ]
Shift and ;
Shift and ‘
Shift and \
Shift and /
Shift and .
Shift and ,
Shift and `

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Symbols using Alt:

Symbol Key Combination
Alt and 1
Alt and 2
£ Alt and 3
¢ Alt and 4
Alt and 5
§ Alt and 6
Alt and 7
Alt and 8
Alt and 9
Alt and 0
Alt and =
Alt and [
Alt and ]
Alt and ;
Alt and ‘
Alt and \
Alt and `
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