The tilde, ~, generated by the U.S. International - PC layout and the tilde, ~, produced by the U.S. layout are allegedly different characters.

How can I produce the U.S. tilde while using the International keyboard?

  • Both symbols in your question are U+007E TILDE; they’re identical. – Mathias Bynens Mar 26 '13 at 20:20
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    @MathiasBynens While the question currently displays the same tilde character, I think it is clear what the poster intends: When you don't type a space after it, the US International PC tilde key generates ˜, U+02DC. – Tom Gewecke Mar 27 '13 at 12:57

To produce the standard tilde (U+007E) with US International PC you just type tilde and then space. It will be exactly the same as what you get by typing tilde with the US layout.


Take a look at KeyRemap4Macbook if you want to permanently remap, it's got a tonne of options.

Another way to do this, if you're using Lion or above is adding to the PressAndHold IOS-esque feature.

Ukelele can allegedly do this, or take a look over here: Mountain Lion - Umlauts with english keyboard layout

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    Did you actually try PressAndHold? As far as I can see it does NOT help you produce a tilde with the US International PC layout. Also it seems kind of crazy to remap the keyboard for this, when you can just type a space – Tom Gewecke Mar 26 '13 at 13:12
  • I was referring to adding to PressAndHold as per the linked answers, tilde isn't in the defaults. I have clarified the wording above. You're right it does seem like overkill to remap the Keyboard or parts of if it but in my experience and workflow it's a one-time maintenance free effective solution. I'm answering with the ways I know how to do this and it's up to the reader how they want to solve it using the options available. – rjocoleman Mar 26 '13 at 19:56

Press alt+N and then space for the standard tilde.

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