How to Type 8 Top Special Characters on a Mac Keyboard

Learn how to type common symbols on a Mac, including Euro, square root, copyright, and more.

Mac keyboard shortcuts for symbols can sometimes be hard to figure out unless you happen upon them by mistake. We'll walk you through the keystrokes required to create several of the top special characters on a Mac, including the Euro symbol, copyright, and several others. Let's begin!

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Euro Symbol

Whenever I write about pricing and have to include symbols for different currencies, knowing how to type a Euro symbol on a Mac comes in very handy. While the Dollar symbol is included on the "4" key on a standard English keyboard, this one take a little more finesse. 

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To type a Euro symbol on your Mac, use the keyboard shortcut option + shift + 2. This will give you a  symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Euro Symbol Mac

Pound (Currency) Symbol

I also sometimes have to use the pound symbol when writing about different currencies, so I thought this one would come in handy.

To type a pound (money) symbol on your Mac, use the keyboard shortcut option + 3. This will give you a £ symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Pound Money Symbol Mac

Square Root Symbol

Okay, this one made me feel great when researching top symbols for this article, because now I feel less like I'm the only one who regularly uses the symbol for square root on my Mac!

To type a square root symbol on your Mac, use the keyboard shortcut option + V. This will give you a  symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Square Root on Mac
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Degree Symbol (Smaller & Larger)

This one is fun because there are actually two options—one smaller degree symbol, and one larger degree symbol on Macs. The shortcuts are similar, so you can choose which one you prefer.

To type a smaller degree symbol on your Mac, use the keyboard shortcut option + K. This will give you a ˚ symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Smaller Degree Symbol Mac

To type a slightly larger degree symbol on your Mac, use the keyboard shortcut shift + option + 8. This will give you a ° symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Larger Degree Symbol Mac

Copyright Symbol

How do I type a "C" in a circle symbol on a Mac? It's a pretty common question for users who aren't sure what the copyright symbol is called, and that's totally fine! It's an easy question to answer, and an even easier keyboard shortcut than most.

To type a copyright symbol on your Mac (the C inside the circle), use the keyboard shortcut option + G. This will give you a © symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Copyright Symbol Mac

Registered Trademark Symbol

The registered trademark symbol is a pretty important addition when mentioning certain brands or registered materials.

To type a registered trademark symbol on your Mac (the R inside the circle), use the keyboard shortcut option + R. This will give you a ® symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Registered Symbol Mac

Trademark Superscript Symbol

Certain trademarked materials or names only require the little superscript symbol, which is also quite easy to do on a Mac keyboard.

To type a trademark symbol on your Mac (the TM in superscript), use the keyboard shortcut option + 2. This will give you a  symbol.

How to type symbols on Mac: Trademark Symbol Mac

These keyboard shortcuts for symbols on a mac were fun for me to learn—I hope you enjoyed them too! Now you know how to type the most commonly used (and searched for!) special characters on a Mac or MacBook.

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Erin Smith is a Web Editor for iPhone Life and has been a writer, editor, and researcher for many years. She has a degree in communication with an emphasis on psychology and communication, and has spent many of her professional years as a coach in various business and specialty fields. Erin officially joined the ranks of iPhone and Apple users everywhere around nine years ago, and has since enjoyed the unique and customized feel of Apple technology and its many gadgets. When she’s not working, Erin and her son enjoy outdoor adventures, camping, and spending time with their eclectic collection of pets.