How do I type the Cent Symbol on a Mac?

Nov 6, 2009 - 2 Comments

¢ is the symbol for the Cent, and typing it on your Mac may not be as obvious as it should be. But like most of the other special characters, it is actually really easy to type out:

Just hit Option+4 to type the cent symbol as shown here: ¢

Typing this should work in all versions of OS X and all Mac apps, assuming you are using a font that has support for the cent symbol of course. If the currently active font does not support the symbol, a little square will appear instead, but typically that is limited to dingbats and other peculiar fonts, as all modern straightforward sans and sans-serif fonts should include the basic symbols for math, currencies, and monetary units. If not, you can always change the font to get it too.

While accessing the keyboard cents symbol is easy, but memorizing it… well, that may be another thing entirely. Keep in mind that you can always access the general “Special Characters” menu in Mac OS X if necessary too, which will reveal every possible special character in an easy to browse hovering panel.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in How to, Mac OS X

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  1. Woodgie says:

    One for us the other side of the pond is the Euro symbol, €. Option-2. Though it tends to be printed on the key, many people ask how to make it actually TYPE the symbol. It’s not immediately obvious.

    The other one that people tend to need and not be able to find is #, or Option-3

  2. Mike says:

    These tips are for US qwerty keyboards, I assume?

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