Keyboard Symbols ⌘ ↩ ⌫

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Here is a list of Unicode symbols to represent computer keyboard keys.

^ 🄰 🅰 🔠 🔡 🔢 🔤 𝌆 🛈 🏠 🏡 🔍 🔎 🔅 🔆 🔇 🔈 🔉 🔊 🕨 🕩 🕪

Mouse hover or click on a unicode character to see its name and codepoint.

Note, how a unicode character shows on your screen depends the Operating System (MacOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux), browser (example: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Firefox), and font you are using. What you see on this page may not be exactly what other people see.

Control key

• OPEN CENTRE ASTERISK is printed on Microsoft Keyboards .

• HELM SYMBOL is used on MacBook Pro keyboard, French Canadian Layout for the Control key, and sometimes used to indicate Control key in Linux documentation.

• CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT ^ (aka caret) is the character on normal keyboard, shifted 6. It is the classic notation to indicate ASCII control character in programing, and also used as a notation for pressing Control key for inputting control sequence. [see ASCII Table] The symbol is mostly used in 1970s to 1990s, in documentation or from online posts by user.

• UP ARROWHEAD , the actual character used by Apple website as of 2017-07, in menu, in documentation.

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Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000. Note the symbols for Ctrl key, ❖ Window key, CapsLock key, Tab key. Also, help (F1), undo (F2), redo (F3). Also, rocker key for zoom in/out, and key for camera, documents.
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MacBook Pro keyboard, French Canadian Layout
Note the HELM SYMBOL on Ctrl, on Alt, on CapsLock, on Enter.

The caret character ^ and UP ARROWHEAD are not good to represent the Control key, because it confuses with the printable caret character on the keyboard, the shifted digit 6 key.

Windows Logo Key

Windows Logo Key (suggestion)

This symbol is sometimes used by small keyboard makers.

Truly Ergonomic Keyboard win key-2
Truly Ergonomic Keyboard

The Windows Logo key and the Apple Command key both send the same USB scancode.

On Linux, by convention, the Windows logo key is called Super. (not to be confused with a real Super key on Lisp Machine keyboards. [see Lisp Machine Keyboards] )

Command key

Command key

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Apple keyboard A1242. Year 2009

Alt key

Alt key . This is standard Unicode symbol for the Alt key, but i've never seen it used as a label on keycap nor in documentation.

Option key

Apple's Option key

Note: Alt on PC keyboard and ⌥ option on Apple Keyboards send the same USB scancode. [see Difference Between Apple and PC keyboards]

Meta Key, Super Key

Meta key

The BLACK DIAMOND ◆ is used on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard. Solaris documentation calls it the Meta key. The Meta key is a key on Lisp Machine Keyboards and heavily used by emacs. [see A Curious Look at Emacs's One Thousand Keybindings]

Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard left
The Meta key with diamond ◆ symbol on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard

Hyper Key

Hyper key suggestions . Hyper is key on Lisp Machine Keyboards.

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Symbolics's Lisp Machine keyboard PN 365407 Rev C. (Photo by Joey Devilla [https://www.globalnerdy.com/2009/02/05/hacklabtos-lisp-machine-keyboard/]. Used with permission.)

Shift key

Most keyboard uses a fat white up arrow , or just print shift.

Caps lock

Standard symbol for capslock key:

Commonly seen symbols: 🄰 🅰

Other suggestions:

Input symbols from Unicode: 🔠 🔡

Most keyboards use A inside a round corners square. Some use a dotted white fat arrow.

Number lock

Standard symbol for number lock key:

Related symbols: 🔢 🔤

I haven't seen any symbol used as label for Number Lock key.

Return/Enter key

Symbols used:

This is the return key above the right Shift key. [see Keyboard Enter/Return Key Symbol]

Enter This is the enter key on number pad. This symbol is used by Apple. [see Apple Computer Keyboards Gallery]

Enter . This is unicode symbol named ENTER SYMBOL.

Note: There are 2 return/enter keys on standard PC keyboard: one on main section above right shift key, one on number pad. The keyboard hardware sends different key signals.

Microsoft digital media keyboard 3000 enter key
Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000

Menu/App key

Suggestions: 𝌆

This key is invented by Microsoft. It is meant to be a application specific key. [see Microsoft Keyboard Menu Key]

Compose key

Standard symbol for Compose key:

the Compose Key is rare. It's on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard, but it doesn't use any symbol. [see Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key]

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Compose key on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard

Tab key

Actual use:

Related symbols:

Apple Keyboards for USA use the word “tab”. NON-US version use . [see Apple Keyboard Key Symbols ⌘ ⌥]

Escape key

Escape key

Most PC keyboards use “Esc” as label.

Apple keyboard for USA use “esc”. Some international Apple keyboard use . [see MacBook Pro keyboard, French Canadian Layout] Apple documentation use . Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard use

Backspace

The backspace key is the key on the top right of a PC keyboard. For example, look at IBM Model M keyboard. [see IBM Model M keyboard]

Microsoft keyboard lable this key as “Backspace” together with a long left arrow printed beneath it. [see Microsoft Keyboards]

Apple Keyboards for US labels it “delete”. Their non-English version uses or [see Apple Keyboard Key Symbols ⌘ ⌥] [see Apple Keyboard History ⌨]

Don't confuse this key with the Delete ⌦ key in the home/end key cluster.

Arrow Keys

Common:

More unicode arrows at Unicode Arrows →

Home/End Keys

Apple keyboard use: . Before 2018, it use:

Other suggestions:

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Apple Magic Keyboard 2015 taiwan Apple Magic Keyboard. Year 2015
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Mac keyboard viewer changes 2018-05-01

[see Mac Keyboard Viewer]

Page Up/Down

Common:

Apple keyboard uses before 2018, after uses . [Apple Keyboard Key Symbols ⌘ ⌥]

Logitech Non-Gaming Keyboards usually use

Previous/Next Page

These are for browser previous/next page. The ⎗ ⎘ are used by Thinkpad keyboard around 2000 to 2011.

Lenovo ThinkPad x220 K9C5W
Lenovo ThinkPad x220 [see Thinkpad Keyboard]

(forward) Delete

Delete key

The delete keys is in the cluster of {home, end, page up, page down, insert}

Insert

Insert symbol

This is Unicode U+2380: INSERTION SYMBOL. This symbol is used by copy editors, to indicate insertion.

Most keyboards label it “Insert” or “Ins”.

IBM Model M 3193 uses this symbol, but with the hat ^ at top.

IBM Model M 3193 home end insert
IBM Model M 3193 home end insert [see IBM Model M keyboard]

Clear Key

clear

The clear key is the key on the number pad on Apple Keyboards .

It is labeled as “clear”.

Print Screen Key

PRINT SCREEN SYMBOL

I haven't seen this symbol used on keyboard.

Scroll Lock (ScrLk)

Suggestions:

System Request (SysRq)

Suggestions:

[see Print Screen, SysRq, ScrLk, Pause, Break Keys]

Pause/Break

pause key

break key

These are standard symbols for pause/break used in electronic circuits.

In the beginning, keyboard's pause/break key(s) have similar meaning to the electronic pause/break, but not today.

[see Print Screen, SysRq, ScrLk, Pause, Break Keys]

I haven't see keyboard using these symbols.

Help Key

Help key suggested symbols.

🛈

Help key is in Apple Keyboard Problems and Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard

This key is typically labled just “help”.

Sleep Key

[see Astrology Symbols 🌛]

Eject

Eject

mail key

mail

[see Office Emoji 📌]

browser home page key

home 🏠 🏡

Cut

Cut

Undo, Redo

Undo, redo

[see Unicode Arrows →]

Reload/Refresh Key

Reload/Refresh

The symbol is used by Chromebook for browser refresh.

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Chromebook Keyboard Featuring search key 🔍 and reload key

Microsoft Edge browser has symbol for the reload button.

Search Key, Magnify Key

search, find, magnify. 🔍 🔎. The manifying glass 🔍 is used on Chromebook Keyboard for web search function, as replacement for the CapsLock key.

Screen Brightness Key

brightness. 🔅 🔆

Multimedia Keys

mute 🔇 no sound 🔈 sound down 🔉 sound up 🔊

🕨 🕩 🕪

stop play/pause , prev song , next song , fast backward , fast forward , fast upward , fast downward

[see Unicode: Computer UI Icons 🗑]

Number Lock, Number Pad Keys

[see Unicode Circled Numbers ① ② ③]

Sample Use of Keyboard Symbols

Apple keyboard shortcut symbols
Key symbols used in Mac OS X menu, as of 2009.
Apple Mac OS X safari menu 2009
keyboard shortcut Notation used in Mac OS X, from Safari, .

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