Here is how you can type hidden symbols on Mac

Like any other keyboard, the Keyboard on a Mac comes equipped with a lot of hidden symbols you might not know about. These hidden symbols include many exciting things like Apple logo, degree symbol and more.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to type some of the hidden symbols using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac. If you are now using a Mac, make sure you read on to learn more about your favorite symbols, but you could never find them on your Mac.

1. Keyboard shortcuts

The © Symbol

Normally, if you want to use this symbol, the best shot is to use Google Search and insert the symbol into your document or something else. However, there is a much simpler way to get the © Symbol on your Mac without using any other third-party app. You simply press the keyboard combination Option + G, and the © Symbol should appear at the position of the cursor.

The ® symbol

The ® is another most used symbol, but you could never find it on your keyboard. To get it, you simply can press Option + R.

The ° symbol

The degree symbol ranks among the most commonly used symbols. Normally, you can get it by going to the “Character and Emoji” viewer and look for it, which is time-consuming and impractical. Luckily, there is a much easier way to access the degree symbol on your Mac. Simply press Option + Shift + 8 or Option + 0 (Zero).

The ™ Symbol

If you are much involved in branding work, the ™ Symbol is definitively something you need to use every day. To speed up your work, you can use the keyboard combination Option + 2 to get a quick access to the symbol.

2. Use virtual keyboard on your Mac

The keyboard shortcuts we covered above are not the only ways to get the hidden symbols on your Mac. Furthermore, people tend to use more symbols, so the best way to access a list of your favorite symbols is to use the virtual keyboard on your Mac.

To open it, you can go to System Preferences, select the keyboard tab and tick the box at the bottom of the system preferences menu.


Once you are done, the keyboard icon should appear in your menu bar, and all you have to do is to click on it. After that, click on “Show Keyboard Viewer” from drop-down menu.


When it is done, a virtual keyboard will appear and you can press any of the modifier keys including Option, Shift or Command if you want to see the difference.


3. Use Character Viewer

Character Viewer serves as the best way to access all your symbols and emojis on your Mac. You can easily access the viewer by clicking the keyboard icon in the menu bar and select “Show Emoji & Symbols”. This will open the Charater Viewer where you can view all the symbols and emojis.


That’s it! Symbols are very important to express emotions, and locating them has never been easy. We hope that you now have your own way to access your favorite symbols and emojis on your Mac.

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