After upgrading my MB Air & upgrading to Mavericks, I can't get my beloved tilde character to turn up. I got a Norwegian keyboard, so there is no dedicated tilde character.

Answers from Google and search here has so far not solved the problem for me.

I tried using KeyRemap4MacBook with option Shift+Escape to tilde, which gives me the > character.

This fits what has been mentioned elsewhere: That the tilde on the international keyboard is between left Shift and the Z key - which on mine is >

Is there something obvious i'm missing?

  • On a Mac Norwegian keyboard the tilde is not on the key next to Z. That has > and < . Aug 5, 2014 at 21:03

3 Answers 3


On the Apple Norwegian layout, tilde should be at option plus ¨, then space.

On the Apple Norwegian Extended layout, tilde should be at option plus k, then space.

  • I was using Norwegian Extended keyboard layout, and you're totally right! Aug 5, 2014 at 21:59

If you switch to the non "extended" keyboard layout (doing this does not mean that the numpad stops working) then you can use the much simpler key combination Alt+^ to make a ~ character

How to do this:

Open System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Input Sources -> find Norwegian Bokmål in the list -> select Norwegian

When you have done this I would urge you to delete the "Norwegian Extended" keyboard so you are sure what keyboard you are using. You can just re-add it using the recipe above if you change your mind.

  • Kindly add a little more details on how to "switch to the non "extended" keyboard layout" for clarity. May 2, 2016 at 14:02
  • @perhapsmaybeharry Hope the extra info helps you along
    – Pylinux
    May 3, 2016 at 5:20

On my Macbook Pro with a Norwegian Extended keyboard I press Option + k, and then I press Space

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