I'm embarrased to even ask this (creating a keyboard shortcut to insert a symbol)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by techound1, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. techound1 macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    This seems like it should be easy, but I can't get my thick head around how to do it:

    I need to type both dollar symbols and pound symbols (as in pounds sterling) into the same document. Switching back and forth between languages is maddening because all I really need to do it type this one symbol that is missing (in American, I have the dollar but not the pound; in UK I have the pound but not the dollar). Can someone please point me toward how to do this? Thank you.
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    this is a UK keyboard? Every one I have ever seen has both dollar and pound signs (£ on 3, $ on 4). :confused:

    anyway, I think Alt 3 is the £ sign on a US keyboard.
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    It is, indeed. I prefer to call it the "option" key, however. (;
     
  4. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed, on my keyboard where 3 is #

    Alt+3=£ :)

    Good call- thanks
     
  5. iBlue macrumors Core

    iBlue

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    hehe, I know it's the option key but somehow I end up calling it the alt key because that's what it says on the keyboard and I assume everyone else has my confusion about it. :eek:

    ah well.

    hope that sorts the problem out.
     
  6. techound1 thread starter macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    £ <---- Oooh! Lookie!

    That was even easier than I had hoped! Many, many thanks everyone :D
     
  7. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    They really should get rid of that "alt" like they got rid of the "apple" on the command key.
     
  8. techound1 thread starter macrumors 68000

    techound1

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    I was a fan of leaving the apple. When you say "command key" to novices you get a blank look; "apple key" is something they can find.
     
  9. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi!

    On a Mac, you can produce a lot more than you might think with your keyboard. I just completed a post on exactly this topic over at Mac Kindergarten.

    /Rupert
     

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