Enter the English pound symbol on Mac and PC: Here's how!

Do you want to use the English pound £ as a symbol in word processing, spreadsheets, bookkeeping or image processing in addition to euros, D-Mark DM and US dollars $? Then it is certainly tedious to search for the English pound symbol again and again on Google, from the character table or the Emoji & Symbols overview of Apple macOS. So that you can improve your workflow, I have selected the keyboard shortcuts with which you can enter the English pound symbol on Mac and Windows PC. 

Here you can find the keyboard shortcut for the English pound symbol on Mac and Windows PC. When do you use the shortcut for £?

Here you can find the keyboard shortcut for the English pound symbol on Mac and Windows PC. When do you use the shortcut for £?

English pound sign on Mac

The keyboard shortcut for the English pound symbol on the Mac is Shift + Alt + 4 (⇧ + ⌥ + 4). With it you can quickly and easily enter the British pound as a currency symbol in a text, the table or elsewhere. Even if you want to pass on the price of a product from a British online shop via chat, for example, this key combination for the pound symbol on the Apple Mac helps. By the way, the official currency is pound sterling, in English: pound sterling. One pound is 100 pence. More information about the currency can be found at Wikipedia .

British pound sign on a Windows PC

The shortcut for the British pound symbol on a Windows PC is Alt + 156. Further information on the £ sign and variations with two lines instead of one in the L-shape are available this wiki entry. There you will also find the hexadecimal-numeric character entity, the decimal-numeric character entity and so on. You also discover the hint that the double "crossed out" symbol represents the former Italian currency lira. In addition to the symbol itself and its use on Apple Mac and Windows PC, there is a lot more you can know about it.

What do you use the £ symbol for?

Why do you use the English pound symbol on a Mac or PC? Feel free to leave a comment on the topic - even if you use other options in addition to the keyboard shortcuts given above to insert the symbol. I am looking forward to your tips and tricks;)

Recommended reading: The best keyboard shortcuts for Mac

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1 comment

  1. Sir Apfelot, thank you very much for the many tips. The last from English £. I would also like to use your help, I'm just too unsure about the phone. But let's wait and see.

    Greetings from Berlin
    Irene

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