The title says it all, but I'll repeat it here:

What is the meaning of the "§" symbol (on the upper left corner of the mac keyboard) as highlighted in the image here?

Apparently, this is not printed on mac keyboards sold in the US, though it is on models sold in Europe (or Israel, in my case).

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    – Lizzan
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 14:53
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    @Lizzan , shall put this as the answer or would you like to? Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 14:57
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    Go for it, I don't have the time to write a full answer right now. :)
    – Lizzan
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 14:58
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    It's also the Simleons sign ;P
    – user145339
    Commented Sep 4, 2015 at 5:56
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    @rolin It's similar to, but not the same as the simoleon symbol. Notably, the simoleon's graphic design has a normal circle at the center, not a pair of conjoined curves. Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 7:39

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"§" is the section sign, as answered by @Lizzan.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

The section sign (§) is a typographical character used mainly to refer to a particular section of a document, such as a legal code. It is also called "double S" and "sectional symbol".
It is also sometimes used to link to a footnote where the asterisk (*) is already in use on a given page.


It's a Section sign, and is used in Minecraft for color formatting codes.


As noted, it is the “section sign” symbol. I had no idea it was on some keyboards! On my American Apple keyboard, I can type it as ⌥6 (Option-6).

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