Enter pointed and square brackets using the Mac keyboard

Entering various special characters on the Apple Mac under macOS is not that easy. Because unlike on Windows keyboards, not all of them are drawn on the Apple keyboard. Using a Windows keyboard on a Mac doesn't help much either, since the special characters in the Mac operating system are usually different from those in the Microsoft system. So if you want to type in angle brackets on the Mac keyboard, you might need a little help. And you can find these in the form of the following instructions :)

Enter angle brackets using the Mac keyboard

You can find the normal brackets (and) as a second assignment of the number keys 8 and 9. This is the case on both the Apple and PC keyboards. The position of the angle brackets between the left shift key and Y is also the same. So if you < and > you only have to use this key and, if necessary, the combination with the Shift key on Mac, iMac, MacBook and Co.

Pointed bracket on the Mac: Here you use the obvious key (n combination).

Pointed bracket on the Mac: Here you use the obvious key (n combination).

Enter square brackets using the Mac keyboard

Typing the square brackets on the Mac is not so easy without help. Because they are not printed on the corresponding keys and even using a PC input device does not help. The square bracket on the Mac is open [ on the number key 5 and closed ] on the number key 6. You can activate it with the Alt key:

  • Alt + 5 = [
  • Alt 6 =]
Square brackets on the Mac: This is where the Alt or Option key is used in combination with 5 and 6.

Square brackets on the Mac: This is where the Alt or Option key is used in combination with 5 and 6.

Enter curly brackets using the Mac keyboard

In addition to the square bracket on the Mac and the round and pointed version, there is also the curved bracket on macOS. Entering curly brackets on the Mac keyboard is also possible using a keyboard shortcut. The Alt key is used again and the 8 key for the open one { and the 9 button for the closed one } Variant. So those keys that conjure up the square brackets under Windows. Here again the overview for macOS:

  • Alt + 8 = {
  • Alt + 9 =}
Curved bracket on the Mac: The Key option is used again, in combination with 8 and 9.

Curved bracket on the Mac: The Key option is used again, in combination with 8 and 9.

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2 comments

  1. raffi says:

    What's missing: How cool to make a backslash - pipe - slash :)
    alt + shift + 7: \
    old + 7: |
    shift + 7: /

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