What combination of keys do I press to produce the command symbol (⌘) on Mac OS X?

(I copied the above symbol from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key.)

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    If you like to add it to your non Unicode HTML-sources, you can use the following HTML-Command: ⌘ . fenon.de/… – R_User Nov 26 '13 at 20:11
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    Out of curiosity, if you need to find the name and hex code of that special character you don't know what to call it, try Shapecatcher. – user36018 Apr 7 '15 at 19:10
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    Cool! I drew a "command symbol" (rather poorly) on shapecatcher.com and it found it with the name "Place of interest sign". – Daryl Spitzer Apr 7 '15 at 22:18
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    seems that easiest way is just google this question and copy-paste the symbol from title – oluckyman Sep 17 '15 at 18:25

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If you're just looking for the Unicode versions of Mac OS X keys, you can use this site to copy and paste them from the text box.

More generally, Mac OS X provides a pane to insert special characters. You'll find it under Edit -> Emoji and Symbols in any program that takes text input. The Command key symbol can be found by searching for it's name "place of interest". To insert the character, double click it.


If you're really hardcore and are looking for a way to type the character by entering the Unicode hex code, this is possible:

  1. Go into System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Input Sources, click "+", scroll to "others", select "Unicode Hex Input" and click "Add"

  2. From the input source selector in the menu bar, select "Unicode Hex Input"

  3. To enter a Unicode character, hold down option and type the 4-digit hex code for the character and it will be inserted. In this case, it would be option+2318.

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    Wow, I was sure that would be some option-key way to type a . But there isn't! I just looked through every possible variation of the keyboard viewer and it's just... not... there! – Josh Dec 20 '10 at 23:55
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    starting with Lion, to see the Technical Symbols in the Special Characters window you'll need to click into Settings to "Customize List..." and add it to your view. – rymo Jan 2 '13 at 19:03
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    fyi, link is to website with: This domain name expired on Mar 07 2015 06:03PM – GraehamF Mar 13 '15 at 16:27
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    This feature seems to be gone in OS X 10.10 – Will Oct 11 '15 at 1:05
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    In El Capitan, select "Other" in the Language list and then select "Unicode Hex Input" – Ken Mar 30 '16 at 13:35

An updated answer for Lion and above:

You can also type ^ ⌘ <space> to bring up the characters menu, then start typing to search, and search for place of interest, then press enter to start selecting them, then tab to the correct result, then enter again to insert it.

select ico mac

Sounds like a lot, but it can really be narrowed down to ^ ⌘ <space> pla <enter><enter>

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    IMHO this is the best answer, as it can be done entirely with keyboard and doesn't require any special setup. ^-⌘-<space>, p, l, <enter><enter>. Once you've used it once, you don't even need to type the pl next time. – Steve Bennett Aug 19 '14 at 0:47
  • On OS X 10.8.5 here the shortcut seems to be ⌘⌥T, but I can't find where that's defined. ^-⌘-<space> doesn't do anything for me. – Daniel Jun 10 '15 at 0:52
  • ^-⌘-<space> is not working for me on OSX 10.12.4. I get the popup with the symbols. but when i click on them, nothing is displayed in any Text editor. I also tried to enter p, l first but nothing happened. – nyxee May 6 '17 at 8:25
  • This should definitely be the accepted answer. Btw, the icon in the top right corner can be clicked to get an expanded version of the popup, which will display character groups and the unicode name of the selected character. Keep in mind that you can add the characters you use often to the Favorites group so that the next time you can access them faster. – ccpizza Jul 30 '17 at 13:29
  • It used to be ⌥⌘T, but they changed it. I used System Preferences to switch it back. (: – SilverWolf Nov 13 '17 at 15:23

I also found it hard to find a straight answer for this, so I just went into System Preferences > Keyboard > Text and created a use symbol and text substitution option where when I type (cmd) it replaces it with the command symbol.

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    This is the best solution, in my opinion. – Cory Klein May 6 '14 at 16:58
  • In Mavericks at least, this is under System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. – Steve Bennett Aug 19 '14 at 0:44
  • Great solution. Substitution characters here. The characters shown can be copied and pasted for each substitution. – Julian A. Jun 29 '15 at 22:50
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    Love this solution. just copy and paste this ... ⌘ into the "With" column. – Artistan Sep 2 '15 at 18:27
  • Is there anything else i need to do for this to work please? I went to Keyboard > Text, added cmd and ⌘, went to a text editor, I typed cmd followed by the Enter key, but the cmd did not magically turn into the ⌘ symbol. I'm using OSX 10.12.4. – nyxee May 6 '17 at 8:28

With the document open, place the cursor where you want the symbol, Open the Character Viewer as described above. Type "Place of Interest" in the character viewer search field. It shows up on at the bottom of the window. Double click it and it shows up where you placed your cursor. Save it to your favorites in the Character Viewer window to make it easier to find next time. This under OS 10.9.1 "Mavericks"

You can also add Your favourite characters to "press and hold" key behaviour.

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Here's explanation how to do it on apple stackexchange: How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

Keep in mind that this is done inside System directory, so be careful and remember that there's a chance of losing Your setup after upgrading the OS.

If you have TextExpander, one can also make a snippet for it, ala Dr. Drang.

Abbreviation for typing ⌘

He also has a Keyboard Library with snippets for a host of keyboard symbols available.

For future reference, you can copy and paste from here:

⌃  <- Control
⌥  <- Option aka alt
⌘  <- Command

These are rendered like this:

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This is the simple way on how to do it.

  1. Download BetterTouchTool
  2. Open the application
  3. Select 'keyboard'
  4. Click Add New Shortcut
  5. Set keyboard shortcut to 'Option+C'
  6. Set trigger predefined action to 'Paste predefined text'
  7. Copy '⌘' into the box.
  8. Click Ok

Now whenever BetterTouchTool is open all you have to do is press 'Option+C' and it automatically types the '⌘' symbol.

You only have to do steps one to eight once.

For what it's worth (on OSX and maybe Windows): In Libre Offices's Writer I found the symbol as the 5th entry in both the LiHei Pro and LiSong fonts.

If you writing out keyboard shortcuts for Mac users, I'd recommend using the Apple Style Guide (https://help.apple.com/asg/mac/2013/) way of doing this so whatever you write is consistent with other Apple documentation. In this case you would type out Command rather then use the ⌘ symbol. So, for example Paste would be:

Command-V

Alternately you could use Key Graphics.

command+V

The thing is if you are typing it out always use Command.

The Mac Characters popup is definitely the straightforward solution if you need to insert some chacters once in a while. But if you regularly need to use Unicode characters which are not present on your keyboard then a radical solution would be creating your own keyboard layout with Ukelele that will map those characters to your physical keys.

The app is only used the create an OSX compliant layout file (XML or bundle) which can then be added via Preferences > Keyboard > Input Sources > .

With Ukelele you can clone your existing standard keyboard (File > New from current input source), and remap any of the keys to your liking.

In the default keyboard layout holding the Option key in combination with any letter/symbol key will insert extended math characters which normally are never used, e.g. œ∑´®†¥¨ˆøπ“‘«æ…¬˚∆˙©ƒ∂ßåΩ≈ç√∫˜µ≤≥÷¿˘¯Â˜ı◊Dz¸ÅÍÎÏ˝ÓÔÒÚÆ»’”∏؈¨Áˇ‰„„. Holding down Shift+Option will give you yet another set of special characters.

With Ukelele you can remap Option+key and Shift+Option+key to anything you like including Unicode emoji characters.

Here is an example of assigning to the Option+c combination:

Ukelele remap keys

You can pick the required character for mapping using the built-in Characters app as explained in other answers.

Note: If you have a non-US keyboard (i.e. non-ANSI) you might need to set the correct type under View > Keyboard Type > Coding: ISO

While this might be overkill for a single character, it actually makes sense when you want to tweak other things on your keyboard and have complete control.

Once you have created your custom layout you can use it on any number of macs by simply copying it to ~/Library/Keyboard\ Layouts and adding it in Preferences without the need to use any third party apps. The layout can be installed directly from Ukelele via the File > Install option. Once installed you still need to add it manually via Preferences > Keyboard.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the app author. I simply found the app very useful in solving some issues with my keyboard which had some keys in the 'wrong' place.

If you are using keyboardmaestro simply create a macro in the Global Macro Group (if you want to have the macro available globally) as follows:

  1. Create new macro
  2. Give the macro a name like "insert ⌘"
  3. Add "Typed String Trigger": =cmd
  4. Add "New Action" and choose "Insert Text by Pasting"

Now whenever you type the string "=cmd" a "⌘" will be inserted.

I normally use "SHIFT + ALT + K" to generate a  Symbol.

Instead of using a ⌘ Symbol whenever writing anything which requires keystrokes / shortcuts because for most of the time that I have been using Apple computers it was called the "apple key" . (and the symbol physically written on the key was a  and not a ⌘)

  • This is not a bad workaround! I usually pronounce the key "apple" anyway. – owensmartin May 14 at 23:42
  • The Apple symbol will normally only display on Apple devices, as it is not included in standard fonts on other platforms. – Tom Gewecke May 31 at 9:09

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