How to type a hash (#) on a Mac UK keyboard

Mac keyboards don’t have a # (‘hash’ for the UK, or ‘pound’ if you’re American) key, which is a  bit of a problem when you want to type a # symbol.

The lack of a dedicated key doesn’t mean you can’t type the symbol, though – just type [Alt] + [3] or [⌥] + [3] (depending on your keyboard) and the # symbol will appear.

There’s just one thing to note – you need to press the [3] key on the top row of number keys as the [3] key on the numeric keyboard won’t work.

  • ncooty

    For me, it only works if I use the alt key on the right-hand side of the keyboard.  Weird.

  • http://twitter.com/EvansUK EvansUK

    There’s so many annoying little things like this on Macs and as a recent convert I am disappointingly surprised! Thanks for the tip though, works a treat.

  • Brian Herbert

    what about if you are using Windows through bootcamp?

  • Vojtěch Histidin Šárik

    actually it is left ALT + 35 on num. pad

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