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On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / caret / chevron pointing into a flat horizontal line:

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It's the symbol on the right I'm asking about.

After much searching, I found it on the far bottom right of the full-size Apple keyboard. It's the... enter-like key (?) in the bottom right of the numeric keypad.

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So two related questions:

  • What's it called?
  • Is it possible to trigger this key (for use in keyboard shortcuts) when using a keyboard without a numeric keypad (like a wireless keyboard or laptop keyboard)? If so, how?
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For the remapping check this: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/38011/… –  jackJoe Feb 12 '13 at 10:56
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I've never understood why Apple keyboards print the cloverleaf icon on the command key, but don't print the equivalent icons for option and control on their respective keys. –  daGUY Feb 12 '13 at 14:48
    
@daGUY on my Apple keyboard, the option key has the option symbol, but the label alt and not option... Seems somewhat random, maybe it depends on what mood the particular product designer was in that morning? –  user568458 Feb 12 '13 at 15:06
    
@user568458 The main label is ⌥ on ISO keyboards and option on ANSI keyboards. "alt" is more like an alternative name for the key (on other platforms). –  Lri Feb 12 '13 at 16:01
    
For what location is that keyboard built? The US keyboards lack that character entirely. –  bmike Feb 12 '13 at 20:30
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It is called Projective, with Unicode U+2305, and it represents Enter which is different to Carriage Return, represented with a ↩.

Although most of the time they work in the same way, there is a difference between Enter and Carriage Return. While Enter, in most cases, will make a GUI object operate at its default function, the Carriage Return is meant to resent the user's position to the beginning of the line of a text.

Just doing fn+Enter should trigger it.

On the short keyboards you'll either find the name or the icon.

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Actually I think the symbol looks more like the "Projective" unicode symbol ⌅ ( or U+2305) than ⌤ (), but I'm more interested in the name of the Mac keyboard key and how to access it when it doesn't have a physical key than the name of the symbol used to name it. –  user568458 Feb 12 '13 at 10:49
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Okay, so it is the Enter key as opposed to the Return key and can be accessed with Fn + return? Seems to answer the question. –  user568458 Feb 12 '13 at 10:51
    
@user568458 You're completely right. Apparently the U+2324 might be only for the PC keyboards. I'll edit the answer. –  Thecafremo Feb 12 '13 at 11:12
    
@LauriRanta When I said fn+Enter I meant the Key usually called Enter. –  Thecafremo Feb 13 '13 at 8:09
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On my Mac, there is a Help menu. Strange but true! In Finder Help, searching "symbol" I found "Symbols used in shortcuts". Your symbol is in there.

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When used in this way, I would just call this symbol by the name "enter".

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