Macbook Pro

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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A Few Tips for Setting up a Mac/OS X


So I’m finally getting used to using OS X after about a year.  I spent a lot of that time shouting at my Macbook Pro for not being able to do things I consider to be mandatory.  So to save others the hours of hassle and frustrated shrieking, I’m writing a series of (hopefully) useful posts to guide unwary travellers along the path of the Mac.

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Here’s a quick index:

1.) The Keyboard
2.) Configuring Right Click

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1.) The Keyboard

The main differences between a Windows keyboard and a Mac keyboard are, a.) ctrl is no longer a main player, and b.) there is no delete key.

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There are several symbols which are used to denote keys in OS X. The main ones are:

     Command (I think it used to be called the Apple Key)
     Alt/Option
     Ctrl

     Shift

   Caps

      Function

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a.) Using COMMAND (cmd)

When using OS X, Command is pretty much your new ctrl key.  For example:

copy = cmd+c

paste = cmd+v

And crucially,

for selecting separate multiple items.

cmd+click

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b.)  How to DELETE

Yes, probably obvious to most Mac users but I spent quite a long time feeling annoyed at the lack of this button.

delete = function (fn)+backspace

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2.) Trackpad: How to Change the Settings for Right Click

This is probably only useful to Macbook Pro users but this was another button I missed during my first few Mac using weeks.  Obviously you can use a mouse, but I can’t always be bothered to take one with me.  So Trackpad it is.  Using the Trackpad there are two substitutes for Right Click and you can choose the one you prefer by going to

Apple Mark > System Preferences > Trackpad

You have 2 options, you can either a.) choose to click with one finger in a specific location of the Trackpad or b.) tap with 2 fingers anywhere on the Trackpad.  Depends what you prefer.  I think it’s easier to take the second option as you can tap or click anywhere on the Trackpad.

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