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As per title: I've a broken keyboard where the < and > keys don't work anymore. Can I insert such symbols with a Option + X combination?

I would prefer to avoid direct ASCII code numbers, if possible.

  • On your keyboard, are those also the , and . keys? – shoover Mar 7 at 13:37
  • And do you have a mouse, in order to do a one-time configuration of settings or tool? – shoover Mar 7 at 13:38
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    @shoover I suspect the OP may be using one of the European language keyboards where <> are on the key just right of left shift. – Tom Gewecke Mar 7 at 15:01
  • If you know how to use AppleScript or Automator, try using them to press the key combinations then create a shortcut? If not, Keyboard Maestro should be able to do this. – Talos Potential Mar 7 at 15:58
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macOS doesn't do 'alt-codes', that's a Windows feature.*

Simplest solution might be to use the Keyboard Viewer, accessible from the Menu Bar once enabled in: System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard

On a UK keyboard they're accessed by pressing Shift ⇧

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*From comments:
They can be made to work, though I feel they're more effort than really needed ;)
System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > Plus sign > Unicode Hex input. After you choose it, you can do Option then 003C, it'll show the < symbol.

  • Alt codes do exist. System Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > Plus sign > Unicode Hex input. After you choose it, you can do Option then 003C, it'll show the < symbol. – MCCCS Mar 7 at 15:07
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    Ugh, yes - I'd forgotten about that, sorry. – Tetsujin Mar 7 at 15:22
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You can remap those characters to the option keys using Ukelele.

You could also set up keyboard shortcuts for them via: System Preferences > Keyboard > Text > Replace With

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