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I switched to Mac recently. The only thing that's disturbing me until now is the missing of the tilde sign (~). The closest thing I achieved to this sign is the accent tilde (˜). My passwords are not satisfied with that second little tilde sign.

I'm using a U.S International PC keyboard layout.

How do I make the tilde sign work on my Mac?

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    What about hardware? Are you using a Mac style keyboard? Or your old PC style keyboard? – tjt263 Dec 21 '15 at 11:26

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You type the accent tilde (shift `) then space: ~

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    I have to do Option + n to get the little tilde, but Shift + the key under ESC only displays ±. I'm used to the PC formats which do as you suggested (without the extra space), but it's not the case on my Mac. – Aborted Jun 16 '14 at 0:52
  • Then it is shift + the key to the left of z. Is ` not marked on that? – Tom Gewecke Jun 16 '14 at 2:15
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    Alt + n then space gives me ˜. shift ` gives me ±. – Thomas Ahle Oct 20 '16 at 9:41
  • @ThomasAhle What is the name of the Input Source you are using? These instructions are for US International PC. – Tom Gewecke Oct 20 '16 at 13:03
  • That's the one. On Sierra. I also tried all other English qwerty layouts with similar luck. Eventually I found out the button between shift and Z works. – Thomas Ahle Oct 20 '16 at 14:56
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You might consider switching "U.S. International PC layout" to "U.S. layout" enter image description here

  • There is no need to do that. – Tom Gewecke Jun 16 '14 at 0:50
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    I've tried what you said, but even the U.S layout gives me § without shift and ± with a shift press. Suggestions? – Aborted Jun 16 '14 at 0:56
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    It's probably on the key that located between Shift and Z. Make sure you have "Show Input menu in the Menu bar" selected, and open Keyboard viewer from the menu bar to see you keyboard. – Sergei Jun 16 '14 at 1:04
  • On MacBook Pro with norwegian keyboard: type Alt+^.. – Håkon Hægland Apr 22 '15 at 10:23
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On my U.S. layout keyboard it works to use shift+\ (button next to left shift, see the screenshot). I believe the same button is above the enter key on MacBooks from other countries.

MacBook keyboard keyboard preferences

  • The question is about the US International PC layout. Plus your answer is already covered by the one from Sergei. – Tom Gewecke Nov 29 '16 at 20:54
  • This answer helped – Skeleton Bow Dec 4 '16 at 16:57
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On a French or German Mac keyboard, type +N to write the ~ character.

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On a Finnish Mac keyboard layout (probably applies to some other international keyboard layouts as well) the tilde can be produced with the key with the symbols . That is on the left side of Enter and below the Backspace key.

When pressing Alt and space the tilde ~ appears.

  • Didn't work in Minecraft + Finnish Mac keyboard, unfortunately. – Janne Aukia Mar 31 '18 at 16:42
  • This also applies to the Danish layout. – Clearer Aug 2 '18 at 9:13
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For those readers who want to make tilde accents over characters instead of the NORMAL tilde sign (~) requested by Aborted, here is some possibly useful info:

OptionN applies a ~ to the next a, o, or n that you type (given that you release them first). In the event that your keyboard/keyboard settings do not afford you the character, more modified character options are available in the keyboard preferences option available from the toolbar in the upper right corner. keyboardOptionsTab select "Latin" from the option on the left, then double click on your desired character to insert at your cursor. characterOptions Another option is the Accent Menu you get when you hold down the key for the base letter, as described by Apple here

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In the Spanish keyboard, press the Alt key down and hit "ñ".

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Try using Shift+Page Down. I don't know Apple keyboard layout (I'm using a Hackintosh) but it works for me.

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I just pressed all bottons and found that if you press alt + ¨ you will get ~

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Try hold option key down and type n release option key and type n again ñ

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    But the question is how to type tilde ~, not how to type ñ. You should delete this answer since it makes it look like you failed to read the question. – Tom Gewecke Aug 28 '16 at 18:18

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