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I've tried bashing on my keyboard with the ⌥ alt/option key pressed with the ⇧ shift key pressed but I do not seem to be able to find how I can get the euro value sign.

⇧ shift+4 gives the dollar sign: $

What keystrokes do I need to use to get the euro sign?

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Out of interest how did you type it in the title ? –  Simon Oct 14 '13 at 12:50
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after I found out how to type it I changed my question hoping it would help others that are searching for this symbol. –  FLY Oct 14 '13 at 12:55
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Thats fine. Good intuition :) –  Simon Oct 14 '13 at 12:57

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On an American English keyboard you can type the European Currency symbol (€) with Option + Shift + 2.

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I think that it is important to note that this only works if the font you are using has the € symbol available. For instance, I am working on a customer's menu, and they designed it using AG Buch BQ, which has no € symbol in the font. –  Gavin Anderson Oct 15 '13 at 19:28
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There are several limitations. As you said the font must have that glyph available and it works on an American English keyboard. This may work on other keyboard layouts, but I can't attest to that. –  Mark Oct 15 '13 at 19:43
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@gavin every app I know will substitute a font that does include Euro if the currently active font is missing it. –  Tom Gewecke Oct 16 '13 at 3:27
    
@Tomg, I am working in InDesign, and InDesign did not do what you are talking about for this font. Although their is some amount of font substitution possible, in a Graphic Design environment, where you are sending customer files to a printing press, messing around with the customer fonts is generally frowned upon. –  Gavin Anderson Apr 29 '14 at 19:24
    
Thanks for that info, Gavin. I didn't know that InDesign still worked this way. Kind of defeats the purpose of using the Unicode standard, but I suppose it's useful in terms of letting users know their chosen font is not adequate for their text. –  Tom Gewecke Apr 30 '14 at 14:55

The Euro Currency symbol is found at 2 on the US English keyboard.

In general, if you want to discover what symbols can be found on your keyboard when you press the modifier keys, you can use the Keyboard Viewer window.

To enable the Keyboard Viewer menu item

  1. Make sure System Preferences » Keyboard » Keyboard » Show Keyboard and Character Viewers in menu bar is checked.

Show Keyboard and Character Viewers in menu bar

  1. Make sure System Preferences » Language & Text » Input Sources » Show Input menu in menu bar is also checked.

Show Input menu in menu bar

Once you have the keyboard viewer enabled, go to the keyboard menu in your menu bar (it will look like either a picture of a keyboard or a flag representing the keyboard layout you have selected) and chose Keyboard Viewer. A window will appear with a picture of your keyboard. If you hold down the option, shift, or option and shift keys, it will show you what the keys on your keyboard do with those modifier keys pressed.

keyboard viewer

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Option-Shift-2 ... is that on every Mac keyboard, or just on certain ones, like Canadian English? (It also works on my US English setting.) –  GEdgar Oct 14 '13 at 13:43
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Not universal; it works on US English and Canadian English. –  Daniel Oct 14 '13 at 14:11

On the Euro symbol's own official home page, there's a table of keyboard shortcuts for all known national keyboards: http://www.eurosymbol.eu/mac-keyboard

keyboard layout keystroke combinations
Austrian        Option-Shift-D
Belgian         Option-$
British         Option-2
Catalan         Option-U
Dutch           Option-2
Finnish         Shift-4
French          Option-$
French (num)    Option -Shift-R
German          Option-E
Italian         Option-I
Italian - Pro   Option-E
Portuguese      Option-3
Slovakian       Option-R
Spanish         Option-U
Spanish - ISO   Option-E
Swiss French    Option-E
Swiss German    Option-E
U.S.            Option-Shift-2
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An option to use once you know how to get the symbol is to create a text shortcut for the symbol on your Mac for faster typing. You can do this using text replacement.

To get started, follow these steps (also see image below for reference):

  1. Launch System Preferences and click on Keyboard (Language & Text on previous versions of OS X).
  2. Click on the Text tab.
  3. The Replace and With columns appear. Click on the + button at bottom-left to add a new text shortcut, which opens a text field for you to type your trigger text, for example euro.
  4. Press ⇥ tab key or mouse over to the adjacent text field (under the With column) and enter the actual symbol. This becomes the resulting replacement text.

And you’re done. The next time you enter “euro” it will be replaced automatically with “€”. But you can always press the Esc keyboard button (to cancel the text replacement) if you actually want to type out the word “euro”.

This also works for iOS devices under SettingsGeneralKeyboardShortcuts.

Please note that this does not work automatically in every app. I’ve confirmed it works on iMessage, Notes, Reminders, Mail.

For iWork (e.g., Pages, Keynotes, Numbers) you’ll have to add the shortcuts as they use their own text replacement functionality. For example in Pages, click on the Pages menu item, then click on Auto-Correction tab, and add any text shortcuts in the same way as above. Here you can even choose to toggle (on or off) which text shortcuts you want to be active.

Keyboard Text Replacement on Mac OS X

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Bad idea, try to type european ... –  Matteo Jan 14 at 10:57

Just type alt and 2...... € just those two keys

[Edit] Tested with British & Irish, [both use alt/2] US, Canadian & British-PC [use alt/shift/2] The alternate in each case gives ™
Very similar to the British/US 'pound' symbol, swapped between shift/3 or alt/3 depending on keyboard.

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Why do you disagree with the other answer apple.stackexchange.com/a/105206/237 –  Mark Sep 19 '14 at 11:28
    
Suspect it depends on the locale you are using, what hardware keyboard you are using etc, it's not going to be the same for everyone. This one works for me, with a UK keyboard. Perhaps the other answer is using a US layout. –  stuffe Sep 19 '14 at 11:33
    
Tested with British & Irish, [both use alt/2] US, Canadian & British-PC [use alt/shift/2] The alternate in each case gives ™ Very similar to the British/US 'pound' symbol, swapped between shift/3 or alt/3 depending on keyboard. –  Tetsujin Sep 19 '14 at 14:16

Character Viewer, which will appear in the menubar along with Keyboard Viewer, may also have the symbol you want - as well as those all-important Emojis! -depending on what fonts you have installed.

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just and addition here if you have you option key used to swap spaces this will override the keyboard shortcuts. Uncheck these options to key your true keyboard shortcuts back.

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Welcome to Ask Different! Instead of writing an answer to edit someone else's answer, simply click the edit or improve this answer button below the post that you wish to improve. –  grgarside Dec 28 '13 at 17:59

On a British Mac keyboard, type [fn]-[alt]-2 to get €

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That is not true - fn does not affect normal keys just the function keys - see this answer for UK keyboard alt-2 –  Mark Jan 8 at 16:46

For Latvian keyboard layout on my mac the combination is Shift+Opt+Q.

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If you are using polish Mac OSX keyboard: option + 3

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I thin k better to add to apple.stackexchange.com/a/171466/237 with a comment that it is not from the site –  Mark Mar 2 at 11:06

If you are using Czech Mac OSX keyboard, you will find € sign under combination of + r.

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