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What combination of keys do I press to produce the command symbol (⌘) on Mac OS X?

(I copied the above symbol from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key.)

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If you like to add it to your non Unicode HTML-sources, you can use the following HTML-Command: ⌘ . fenon.de/… –  R_User Nov 26 '13 at 20:11
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If you're just looking for the Unicode versions of Mac OS X keys, you can use this site to copy and paste them from the text box.

More generally, Mac OS X provides a pane to insert special characters. You'll typically find it under Edit -> Special Characters in any program that takes text input. The Command key symbol can be found under Symbols -> Technical Symbols. To insert the character, select it and click "Insert".

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If you're really hardcore and are looking for a way to type the character by entering the Unicode hex code, this is possible:

  1. Go into System Preferences -> Language & Text -> Input Sources and check "Unicode Hex Input"

2. From the input source selector in the menu bar, select "Unicode Hex Input"

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3. To enter a Unicode character, hold down option and type the 4-digit hex code for the character and it will be inserted. In this case, it would be option+2318.

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That's useful, thanks. But there's no way to type the character using the keyboard? –  Daryl Spitzer Nov 16 '10 at 0:02
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@Daryl There is, but it's a little complicated. I've edited my answer to include it. –  Kyle Cronin Nov 16 '10 at 0:27
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Wow, I was sure that would be some option-key way to type a . But there isn't! I just looked through every possible variation of the keyboard viewer and it's just... not... there! –  Josh Dec 20 '10 at 23:55
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starting with Lion, to see the Technical Symbols in the Special Characters window you'll need to click into Settings to "Customize List..." and add it to your view. –  rymo Jan 2 '13 at 19:03
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With the document open, place the cursor where you want the symbol, Open the Character Viewer as described above. Type "Place of Interest" in the character viewer search field. It shows up on at the bottom of the window. Double click it and it shows up where you placed your cursor. Save it to your favorites in the Character Viewer window to make it easier to find next time. This under OS 10.9.1 "Mavericks"

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If you have TextExpander, one can also make a snippet for it, ala Dr. Drang.

Abbreviation for typing ⌘

He also has a Keyboard Library with snippets for a host of keyboard symbols available.

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I also found it hard to find a straight answer for this, so I just went into System Preferences > Language & Text > Text and created a use symbol and text substitution option where when I type (cmd) it replaces it with the command symbol.

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