Wireless keyboard: Shift + 3 = # not £

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by cg75, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. cg75 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Hi, I just bought a new iMac which came with the wireless keyboard. I'm in the UK and although it is a UK keyboard, when I use Shift + 3 I get a # symbol instead of the £. This is the only number key which, when used with the Shift key doesn't give the symbol above the number.

    The only way I can get the £ symbol is to use Alt + 3 which is completely counter-intuitive and driving me mad :mad: I've spoken to the Apple store who said that the keyboard is mapped to US usage and that I should speak to Applecare as it's a software issue. Applecare said "that's just the way it is" and there's nothing I (or they) can do about it.

    However, I have a friend whose UK wireless keyboard does give £ for Shift +3, so I'm not convinced. I've checked the settings and it is set to British/UK English.

    Does anyone else have this problem? Has anyone resolved it?

    Many thanks for any help.
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    In System Preferences->Language&Text->Input Sources make sure that British rather than US is selected.
  3. cg75 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2011
    Thank you!

    Thank you so much for your speedy and successful reply! I now have ££££££££ so am very pleased :)

    I'd missed that option in preferences. More worryingly, so did Applecare!

    Thank you again.

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