Type the Euro Symbol in Mac OS X

Nov 7, 2009 - 4 Comments

euro symbol € – If you want to reference the Euro symbol on your Mac, you’ve probably noticed that many keyboards don’t really make it obvious with the euro sign. But typing the Euro symbol in OS X is actually really easy if you know the proper keystrokes, which are the following:

€ Euro Symbol – Option+Shift+2

Hitting Shift, Option, and number Two will type the EUR sign. This probably goes without saying, but you’ll need to hit Option+Shift+2 in a place like a text editor or word processor to have the Euro symbol actually show up. Typed a bit larger, it looks like this:

This will work in any Mac app within OS X, so whether you’re using Pages, Word, TextEdit, Microsoft Office, an email, a web browser, it’s the same.

This isn’t obvious so don’t feel bad if you didn’t figure it out on your own. Speaking with friend of mine who was due to travel throughout Europe, he asked me (as the resident Mac guy) “How do I type the Euro symbol in OS X?”, and here’s the thing, he’s pretty tech savvy, so if he didn’t know than I’m sure many others don’t. The Euro is becoming increasingly powerful in global economics so it’s probably a good idea to know how to type the symbol, whether or not you ever use the currency itself or it’s symbol beyond your Mac is up to you though.

It’s worth noting that the Euro symbol is only available to type in some Mac OS X fonts, you won’t be able to use it with all font combinations, particularly some of the custom and funky font sets are lacking euro support. If you try to type the symbol in an unsupported font, it will usually just show up as a square box like any other unsupported special character.

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

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  1. Bill Eccles says:

    shift-option-2, not “Command.”

    /Bill

  2. fil says:

    well… I think it depends on what input source is configured.
    shift-option-2 works on usa keyboard
    option-2 on british
    option-e on italian :)

  3. FrankyFF says:

    I just have the ‘show’ keyboard in my toolbar in the upper right corner. So when I don’t know the symbol (which happen with the less common ones like ¥ and £) I can get the keyboard showing.

  4. Arno says:

    Pretty tech savvy here and I didn’t know. Now I do, thanks. :)

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