In my iMac 21.5-inch computer (OS X El Capitan Version 10.11.1) I have a cordless keyboard.

At the top of the key 6 I have ˆ instead of ^.

This is a problem. I never have needed to use ˆ, however ^ I need to use it very often. For example, formatting formulas at Math Stack Exchange with MathJax.

Therefore I need to look it up in the Internet.

Is there a special shortcut for having an input of ^? Or is there a way to change my keyboard inputs?

  • Does Shift+6 not bring up ^? Apr 9, 2016 at 15:56
  • @perhapsmaybeharry No. It brings me up ˆ. But in the keyboard it has the figure you say. Apr 9, 2016 at 15:59
  • That's really weird. What keyboard format do you use? Apr 9, 2016 at 16:00
  • @perhapsmaybeharry What do you mean? I use this keyboard, if it is what you are asking. Apr 9, 2016 at 16:06

4 Answers 4


You need to go to Keyboard Preferences and add a new keyboard.

Instead of using USA International keyboard you will need to use USA Keyboard.

So from

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Use instead

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  1. When you are going to add a Keyboard you select English.
  2. At the end of the list you will see both keyboards. Use the one that is not international.

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Another option is to put the ˆ and before you press another key, press the space bar.

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    As suggested by Pichi Wuana, add the USA Keyboard instead of USA International Keyboard and don't forget to remove previous one USA International Keyboard
    – anuj kumar
    Dec 27, 2018 at 6:47

You can find the combinations to many more symbols by opening "Keyboard Viewer".

The combinations in here should reflect your current keyboard layout as specified under System Preferences > Keyboard.

To open Keyboard Viewer, click the menubar keyboard icon (if you don't have it, it's enable it from System Preferences > Keyboard) and select "Show Keyboard Viewer".

I suggest pressing Option or Shift or Option+Shift to modify the keyboard input under Keyboard Viewer.

  • 1. I get this where you told me to go. 2. I can't do replacement of shortcuts that have less than 2 characters. Apr 9, 2016 at 16:05
  • For point 1, look under the first tab, last option, for two, good point. I suggest looking at keyboard viewer to identify where ^ actually is. I must've overlooked the two-character minumum Apr 9, 2016 at 16:07
  • Oh! I resolved it. It was changing from English International Keyboard to English keyboard. I guess I answer my own question? Apr 9, 2016 at 16:10
  • Sure. I just went and looked under "English International - PC" and I understand why it didn't work. Apr 9, 2016 at 16:11

Just hit space bar after you have typed down ˆ and you will turn it into ^.

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    This solution is already included in the top answer from 3 years ago. Jun 25, 2019 at 14:15

Try pressing Alt + I That's an 'i', not a lowercase L 'l' or '1'. If that doesn't work, switch to a new keyboard.

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