What keyboard button corresponds to...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Big Byte, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Big Byte macrumors regular

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    ...the symbol that looks like a side view of an escalator going down and has a dash next to the top of it? I can't get a picture of it, but, for example, the show/hide equalizer in iTunes uses it. Thanks.
     
  2. Mustang Maniac macrumors newbie

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    option key

    That would be the option/alt key. Not sure why the symbol looks like that.

    Jeff
     
  3. Big Byte thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure, either, but thanks for the information.
     
  4. BobZune macrumors 6502a

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    Wikipedia says:

    Apple commonly uses the symbol ⌥ (U+2325, 8997 in decimal) to represent the option key. This symbol, originating on the Apple Lisa, represented the pull-out plastic card situated under the Lisa keyboard.
     

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