I have 'Use option key as meta' set in Terminal keyboard settings.

The 3 key makes the British pound symbol (£) when I tap it with SHIFT. This is a cruel joke. I want the real pound symbol (#).

How do type # in Terminal? If there's a way to swap # and £ then I'm in good shape. I use the Terminal for coding, and probably never need to type £ in Terminal.

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    Change your keyboard input device to Australian - the only change is making shift 3 # stackoverflow.com/a/3977314/151019 I have seen responsed that Irish also works but others say it does not – user151019 Jun 9 at 0:13
  • Thanks! Can you post this as an answer so I can vote up and mark correct pronto. I am ecstatic that I can use the computer for programming now. Australian. – Max Heiber Jun 9 at 15:49
  • Please explain why using Australian is different for you than using US. I think they are identical except for the flag. – Tom Gewecke Jun 9 at 16:23
  • @TomGewecke, as @Mark explained, on the Aussie keyboard Option 3 makes a # (hash/pound). Which is exactly what I was looking for. If there are other differences, I haven't found them yet. The keyboard retains U.K. Macisms such as the prominence of ± and § and causing RSI for programmers who use ``` (tilde) a lot. – Max Heiber Jun 9 at 16:25
  • Both US and Australian use Shift 3 to make #. If you have time to try US, I would be really curious if you find a difference from Australian. – Tom Gewecke Jun 9 at 16:50

If the only issue you have is that is that Shift-3 should be # then a solution is to change the input source to Australian rather than British.

This is a duplicate of my answer on Stack Overflow

I assume that you have a Mac UK keyboard so Shift-3 is £. On most other keyboards Shift-3 is # as others have said.

The way I get round it is to change the input source to Australian the only difference is that Shift-3 is now # and Alt-3 is £ (or leave as the emacs binding)

Input Source setting was System Preferences->Language&text->Input Source
On later OSX versions (OSX 10.11 definitely but would have been earlier) Input Source setting is System Preferences->Keyboard->Input Source By default this will just show the UK keyboard to see more hit the + at the bottom of the list and add Australian

There are conflicting reports on similar answers that choosing an Irish input source might or might not work.

  • Why is this any different/better than using US instead of British? – Tom Gewecke Jun 9 at 16:18
  • Because the US keyboard has a different layout to the International oner e.g. enter key is a different size and there are extra keys around e.g above the enter e.g. \ Other keys e.g. ~` | § are in different places. See keyshorts.com/blogs/blog/… for a tricky to read comparison – user151019 Jun 9 at 16:28
  • I think you are confusing hardware with software. The US input source (software) automatically adjusts to create the mapping you see in that blog for US English International (hardware). Isn't that identical to Australian (software)? – Tom Gewecke Jun 9 at 16:47

That is the real pound symbol ;)

The hashtag one # is opt/3 on a British keyboard layout.
If you want the US layout, you'll have to swap to US English.

  • # is not called “hashtag” either. While it’s often called “hash”, its official name in the ANSI standard defining ASCII is “number sign”. – Mike Scott Jun 8 at 17:34
  • @MikeScott - that's also American-influenced, UK English doesn't use it to signify 'number' either. BTW, I called it hashtag ironically, if you hadn't guessed. – Tetsujin Jun 8 at 17:41
  • I can't swap to US English layout, the actual keyboard is layed out differently. And unfortunately I can't use Option 3, as I need to use Option a meta in the terminal. – Max Heiber Jun 9 at 15:46
  • @MaxHeiber What do you mean, the keyboard is layed out out differently?? The only difference between Apple US and Apple British is the £/# switch. What kind of keyboard do you have, some other language? – Tom Gewecke Jun 9 at 16:14
  • @TomGewecke there are many other differences between Apple U.S. and Apple U.K. layouts, such as the locations of the tilde and backslash. This answered my question: apple.stackexchange.com/a/361992/78292 – Max Heiber Jul 6 at 19:39

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