How to type accents and special characters on MacBook keyboard

2 weeks ago

If you have recently moved from using PC to a MacBook, you might be wondering how you type special characters such as #, , or @, or how you introduce accents while typing several letters.

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Many PC users may have been accustomed to their former device and find it frustrating that certain keyboard keys are not in the same place anymore, but it's only a matter of time to get used to your new Mac.

How to enter characters with accent marks on Mac

Typing an accent on your Apple device is not as complicated as you may have thought after switching from you PC to Mac. According to the Apple, you just need to use the accent menu by following some simple steps:

  • In an app on your Mac, press and hold a key on the keyboard-for example, a-to display the accent menu.

  • The menu isn't shown if a key doesn't have any possible accent marks.

  • Select a character in the menu-for example, á.

  • You can also press the number key shown for the character, or use the arrow keys to move to the character, then press the Space bar.

How to type special characters on MacBook keyboard

In case you are yet to find out how to type special characters such as #, , or @, here's a guideline on where you can find each of them on your Mac keyboard.

  • € - On European keyboards you can find the Euro sign on the E Key. For those who use UK keyboard you should press: Alt/Option-2 and on US keyboard just try pressing Alt/Option-Shift-2.

  • # - UK keyboard users can find the hashtag sign by pressing Alt/Option-3, while on US keyboard you can find it by pressing Shift-3.

  • £ - For those who are using US keyboards, you can find the pound sign by pressing Alt/Option-3.

  • @ - The majority of the users who move from PC to Mac struggle with the use of this particular sign mainly because the " key and @ key switch places. On both UK and US Mac keyboards, you can find the @ key by pressing Shift-2.

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