I don't know how many times I've managed to just write "greater than 19" (i.e. "> 19") when I wanted to write "greater than or equal to 20" ("≥ 20"). Even I don't know some special characters and these comparison operators have been a mystery to me on the Mac keyboard so far.
But forced by various test reports with tables and lots of numbers, there was no way out today: I had to find out how to enter the two characters on the Mac. And what can I say - it's actually really easy. : D
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This is how you get the comparison operators
With the keys "alt" and "square brackets" (see keyboard screenshot above) you get the "≤" less than equal sign and with "alt", "shift" and "square brackets" you get the "≥" greater than -Equal sign.
Here again in symbols:
- ⌥ + <gives ≤
- ⌥ + ⇧ + <gives ≥
Of course, the whole thing works not only in certain apps but in all programs: Pages, Number, Apple Mail, Microsoft Word, Open Office, Libre Office, etc.
Steal special characters by copy & paste
And here is another tip that also works for all other special characters: You can simply copy them from a website and then paste them into the text program (or wherever you need it). You can “mopse” any special character by copy and paste if it is in the UTF-8 character set. But this is the case with almost all websites (that I know of). So feel free to take the two special characters with you for free: ≤ ≥ ;-)
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.