How to Type Euro Sign (€) and Other Currency Symbols in Mac

In Mac, assuming you are using the US keyboard layout, you can enter the dollar sign ($) with the “Shift + 4” keyboard shortcut. What if you need to enter an European dollar sign (€)?

The answer is simple. The keyboard shortcut for Euro sign is “Option + Shift + 2“.

The next question is, what about Pound (£), Chinese Yen (¥) and many other currency signs?

For other currency signs, we can grab the respective symbol from the character viewer.

1. Go to “System Preferences -> Keyboard”. In the “Keyboard” tab, check the field “Show Keyboard & Character Viewers in menu bar”.


2. Next, click the “Input Sources” button and check “Show Input menu in menu bar”. You should now see a flag in the menu bar.


3. Click on the flag to bring down the menu and select “Show Character Viewer”.


4. On the left pane of the Character viewer, select “Currency Symbol”. You will now see the various currency symbols. Simply double click on it to add it to the text field.


That’s it.

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  1. Quote: “The next question is, what about Pound (£), Chinese Yen (¥) and many other currency signs?”

    The Yen is Japanese. Chinese is the Yuan 元.

    Just FYI. Thanks for the info though.

    1. If you look at the images in the article, you can find that other currency signs are there as well. fyi, Japanese Yen and RMB use the same symbol.

      1. Yes, ok, same symbol sorry.

        But it’s not called the “Chinese Yen”. Chinese currency is called the Yuan 元, and in Chinese, the 元 is the written symbol for the NAME of the currency. Yes, Japanese and Chinese do both use the symbol ¥ in writing numerical amounts.

        It’s a bit frustrating for Japanese people when the Western world thinks Japanese is “Chinese”.

        Japanese textual writing uses the same symbols for Kanji, as the Chinese written language, but the readings are different.

        Also, for clarity, without using the method you have shared above, (which is still appreciated), on a MAC, you can get a ¥ character directly by using “Option + Y”.

  2. And the £ is “Option + = + 3” but you have to do the “= + 3” part quickly, or else you get a buch of these things “≠” if you aren’t quick with your fingers. My first try looked something like this:
    ” ≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠≠£” :)

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