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The shortcut that is reported in the -menu, for Force Quit menu-item, is (the last character is the Unicode broken circle with northwest arrow). What key should I press to invoke the Force Quit menu-item?

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Truly one of the things that annoyed me most when I switched to Mac a few years ago was deciphering all of those symbols every time I wanted to learn a keyboard shortcut for something. –  Ian C. Feb 19 '11 at 14:55
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Everything that anyone needs to know about Mac key commands can be found in this question (part of this site's FAQ). –  Dori Feb 20 '11 at 3:45
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To be concise: the symbol you're asking about, the circle with the arrow escaping from it (that's the way I remember what it means), is the Apple way of saying 'The ESC Key'.

So the menu item ⌥⌘⎋ is option+command+esc pressed simultaneously.

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The Escape key.

I don't know why Apple use this non-standard symbol, but they always have...

Here is a full list of all of the symbols that Apple use.

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For a full list of Apple key symbols, see here: docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/… –  dan8394 Aug 14 '11 at 3:10
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"The key is indicated as a circle with an arrow through it (U+238B, ⎋) as defined in ISO 9995." (wikipedia) Sounds pretty standard to me. –  koiyu Aug 15 '11 at 11:18
    
I've never seen that symbol in use on a non-Mac system, but maybe I haven't been paying attention... –  dan8394 Aug 15 '11 at 12:06
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My current MBP (early 2011) uses no symbol and reads "esc" on the Escape Key. If it was a standards, I guess Apple is abandoning it now for a wider the-facto standard. –  Pablo Alsina Aug 15 '11 at 18:44
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It's a reasonably logical symbol for Escape, but for some reason I always think it means the power button. :-) –  David Aug 18 '11 at 18:08
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As an extension to Ian's answer, here's a list of all the keys:

Apple Special Key Symbols

As correctly pointed out by Ian, the ⎋ is the Escape key located on the upper left side of your keyboard.

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You can find a list of all the keyboard icons, terminology, and HTML entities over here on Meta . That icon is the Escape key. You can find it in the very top left-hand corner of your keyboard.

Escape key on a Macbook Pro

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