What keyboard button corresponds to...

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

  1. Big Byte macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2009
    ...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

    Feb 25, 2007
    option key

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

  3. Big Byte thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2009
    I'm not sure, either, but thanks for the information.
  4. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    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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