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How To Type Common (And Not So Common) Symbols An A Mac

Have you ever seen someone post a tweet with the Apple logo () in it and wondered how on earth they did it? Maybe you’ve wanted to make your own but had to resort to finding an example and copying and pasting them into whatever text you wanted to post. Well fear no more as today we’re going to teach you how to use keyboard shortcuts to quickly type symbols into your text.

[note: these are based on a American input keyboard and if you have set up different keyboard shortcuts for certain apps, then they will override these options below]

Miscellaneous

  •  (Apple symbol): OPTION + SHIFT + k
  • # (number sign): OPTION + 3

Punctuation and Quote Marks

  • “ (left double quotation mark): OPTION + [
  • ” (right double quotation mark): OPTION + SHIFT + [
  • ‘ (left single quotation mark): OPTION + ]
  • ’ (right single quotation mark): OPTION + SHIFT + ]
  • „ (double low-9 quotation mark): OPTION + SHIFT + w
  • ¿ (inverted question mark): OPTION + SHIFT + ?
  • • (bullet): OPTION + 8

Currency Symbols

  • € (Euro sign): OPTION + 2
  • ¢ (Cent sign): OPTION + 4
  • ¥ (Yen sign): OPTION + y

Copyright and Trademark Symbols

  • © (copyright): OPTION + g
  • ™ (trademark): OPTION + shift + 2
  • ® (registered trademark): OPTION + r

Mathematical Symbols

  • ÷ (division): OPTION + ?
  • ≤ (less than or equal to): OPTION + < • ≥ (greater than or equal to): OPTION + ]]>
  • ^ (circumflex): OPTION + i
  • √ (square root): OPTION + v
  • ≠ (not equal to): OPTION + =
  • ≈ (almost equal to): OPTION + x
  • ± (plus-minus): OPTION + shift + =
  • ∞ (infinity): OPTION + 5
  • ø (empty set): OPTION + o
  • ∑ (N-ary summation or Sigma): OPTION + w
  • ƒ (function): OPTION + f
  • ∫ (integral): OPTION + b
  • ∂ (partial differential): OPTION + d

This isn’t a complete list and I’d love to add more to it, so if you know of any other keyboard shortcuts for characters, then add them in the comments below. In the meantime, you can also open up the “Character viewer” by clicking on the keyboard preferences so you can drag and drop icons into your text.

Now you can show you  love too.

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