Mac Keyboard Symbol Reference Guide

What the heck is ⌥?
Zach Zach (249)
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This short guide serves as a quick reference to what the most common Mac keyboard symbols or modifiers mean.

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

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⌘ is the Command () key.

⌃ is the Control (ctrl) key.

⌥ is the Option (alt) key.

⇧ is the Shift key.

⇪ is the Caps Lock key.

fn is the Function (fn) key.

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

Symbol Meaning
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
See if your battery needs to be replaced.
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Because your MacBook is so important for all that you do in a day, it is important to take good care of your Mac battery, monitor your Mac's battery health, and check the cycle count of your Mac's battery when to determine if your Mac needs a new battery. This might sound like a lot of maintenance, but checking your Mac's cycle count is an easy way to determine if your Mac needs a new battery, and it's actually incredibly simple. A battery's maximum cycle count is how many charge cycles your Mac can complete before the battery is no longer able to perform and will need replacing. In this guide, I show you how to check your Mac battery's cycle count and determine if your battery needs to be replaced.