I've seen this answer, but on my Italian keyboard I've got < between Z and Left Shift instead of the ~. So, how can I type it?

  • Is there anything wrong with fn + n?
    – Gerry
    Aug 16, 2012 at 14:06
  • @Gerry it's not the same tilde Aug 16, 2012 at 14:07
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    try option and 5
    – ICL1901
    Aug 16, 2012 at 14:14
  • Despite a keyboard combination, if you don't want to use it by its own, you could still use the Character picker. Just press and hold the N, for instance, and a pop-Up will show, giving you the option of choosing the Ñ letter.
    – Thecafremo
    Aug 16, 2012 at 14:22
  • @Thecafremo But he doesn't want Ñ, he wants ~, and Character Picker is useless for doing that. Feb 10, 2016 at 16:01

6 Answers 6


Option ⌥ + 5

You can show the keyboard viewer from the input menu if it's enabled.


With the italian keyboard you can use alt + 5


It is left Alt + ^ which will give you tilda sign over Swedish Mac keyboard.

  • The question is for the Italian keyboard, not Swedish
    – klanomath
    Feb 10, 2016 at 10:33

Just change the language of your USA International Keyboard - PC for USA

  • You need to say which key/keys it is you type in order to get a tilde for this to be an "answer". Feb 13, 2020 at 4:33
  • worked for me, I was in US layout and changing to US international PC was indeed a solution since it changes the behavior when pressing space changing the small tilde to a normal one
    – Mehdi S.
    Jan 11, 2021 at 16:21

I struggled a lot about writing accents and special characters in macOS with an Italian keyboard. The most comfortable way to do them is to hold option + press a key.

Specifically, for tilde, as mention above is Option + 5 (try other keys also, you'll be used to it in a while).

There are other special combinations for accents which are:

  • option + N and a letter for ñ
  • option + U and a letter for ü
  • option + 8 and a letter for ú
  • option + 9 and a letter for ù
  • option + ì and a letter for ô

Using an Italian Keyboard.

The option + N will Also give you a Small Tilde ˜ as apposed to ~

  • This small tilde is normally used to accent over the other letters. If you Option + N and then for example o you will get õ Not entering another compatible character while the small tilde is highlighted and moving on will leave you with ˜
    – markhunte
    Jan 16, 2014 at 18:34
  • Totally fails to answer the question, tells you how to make the wrong tilde, should be deleted. Feb 10, 2016 at 13:16

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