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?
    – voices
    Dec 21, 2015 at 11:26
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    $3000 laptop and it can't handle typing, it can't properly connect to APs, it can't delete char at right, it can't have both function keys and multimedia keys at the same time... I am switching back to PC with Linux Jan 9, 2020 at 17:23
  • The amount of answers and comments to a question about how to type a single character made me lol so hard! Don't get me wrong, I have a Macbook and two Apple keyboards so I feel your pain.
    – ruslaniv
    Apr 18, 2020 at 9:01
  • For US Keyboard I use Control + ` + Enter Jul 17 at 20:31

11 Answers 11


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, 2014 at 0:52
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    Then it is shift + the key to the left of z. Is ` not marked on that? Jun 16, 2014 at 2:15
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    Alt + n then space gives me ˜. shift ` gives me ±. Oct 20, 2016 at 9:41
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    @ThomasAhle You seem to be confusing those keys. Alt and Option are the same key. New window is Command n (⌘ n). Alt/Option n plus space should produce ~. Oct 20, 2016 at 17:04
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    @FelixCrazzolara Just use the US input source instead of US International PC. Feb 7, 2020 at 17:04

You might consider switching "U.S. International PC layout" to "U.S. layout" enter image description here

  • There is no need to do that. Jun 16, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 at 1:04
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    On MacBook Pro with norwegian keyboard: type Alt+^.. Apr 22, 2015 at 10:23
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    Thanks, this is great help! I never need an superseced tilde but always need the home symbol. Even in scientific work, I will use \tilde instead
    – IceFire
    Apr 19, 2020 at 7:21

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. Nov 29, 2016 at 20:54
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    This answer helped
    – Oion Akif
    Dec 4, 2016 at 16:57
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    You saved me a lot of headaches!
    – Mysterio
    Feb 23, 2020 at 10:50

On a French, Spanish or German Mac keyboard, type +N to write the ~ character then space for normal tilde or n for tilde over n.

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    This worked for me in German keyboard on Mac.
    – Ros5292
    Apr 28 at 7:45

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. Mar 31, 2018 at 16:42
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    This also applies to the Danish layout.
    – Clearer
    Aug 2, 2018 at 9:13
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    No space needed, only cmd + ^
    – blub
    Oct 19, 2020 at 13:55

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


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


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

  • This works on my Danish keyboard layout :) Nov 28, 2019 at 10:19

The U.S International PC keyboard layout was the issue for me, as well as similar issues for other symbols (different versions of ^, and auto options for ' and " that I didn't want). Keyboard shortcuts were ineffective with this layout too, always outputting accent hildes. Changing to the Australian keyboard worked for me, and U.S. layout works too. Other types of keyboards should work too, though based from the other answers, the output for hilde (and also for other symbols) varies across different types of keyboards.


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


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. Aug 28, 2016 at 18:18

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