Mac keyboard symbols for Apple computers

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force quit safariUsing keyboard shortcuts on a Mac can be a real time saver, but many of the symbols Apple uses are not shown on the keyboard. Some shortcuts can have leave you wondering what keys to use. For instance, the default keyboard shortcut to Force Quit Safari is ⌥ ⇧ ⌘ ⎋ (alt, shift, command, esc). This can be a problem if your not familiar with what each symbol means and if the symbol is not on your keyboard.

Apple could make things a little simpler by putting the symbols on the keyboard. I suppose due to their minimalist design standards they chose not to do so.

We’ve put together a list of Mac keyboard symbols to help with this problem. Once you use them for a while they’re fairly easy to remember, but be sure to bookmark this page just in case you for what a symbol means.

Mac Keyboard Symbols

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⌘ Command
⌥ Option
 (alt)
⌃ Control
⇧ Shift
⇪ Caps Lock
← Left Arrow
→ Right Arrow
↑ Up Arrow
↓ Down Arrow
⇥ Tab
⇤ Backtab
↩ Return

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⌤ Enter
⌫ Delete
⌦ Forward Delete
⇞ Page Up
⇟ Page Down
↖ Home
↘ End
⌧ Clear
␣ Space
⎋ Escape
 (esc)
⏏ Eject

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