Filed under apple on July 12, 2014.
I can NEVER remember the Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts that create the typographic symbols I need. Can you remember the keystroke to create a © symbol? Probably not, in which case you use the on screen keyboard method which, while useful, can really mess with your workflow.
To help me out, I created the quick reference below. It includes the typographic symbols I use most. While the chart includes some symbols readers may never use, such as the Ø symbol, I bet a few readers will find one or two.
I only include symbols I use frequently. The list is formatted as a quick reference clip-out. Simply print out this post, cut along the exterior lines and place somewhere next to your computer keyboard or monitor.
OS X Typographic Symbol Keyboard Reference
⌥ = option
⇧ = shift
|||⌥ ⇧ k|
|±||⌥ ⇧ +|
|Ø||⌥ ⇧ 0|
|”||⌥ ⇧ [|
|’||⌥ ⇧ ]|
|– (en-dash)||⌥ -|
|— (em-dash)||⌥ ⇧ -|
Did I miss a commonly used symbol that I should include? Leave me a comment and let me know. It is an easy task to include it and together we can make a better reference.