Mac keyboard symbols

Mac Keyboard Symbol Reference Guide

What the heck is ⌥?

This short guide serves as a quick reference to what the most common Mac Keyboard symbols or modifiers mean.

This is especially useful if you're trying to follow (or write) how-to guides and aren't sure which keys you should press.

1

⌘ is the Command () key.

2

⌃ is the Control (ctrl) key.

3

⌥ is the Option (alt) key.

4

⇧ is the Shift key.

5

⇪ is the Caps Lock key.

6

fn is the Function (fn) key.

7

Below is a list of all Mac keyboard symbols, including the less common ones:

SymbolMeaning
command
option
control
shift
caps lock
left arrow
right arrow
up arrow
down arrow
tab
backtab
return
enter
delete
forward delete
page up
page down
home
end
clear
space
escape
eject