Unicode Keyboard Symbols ⌘ ⏎ ⌫

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

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

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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 (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Edge), and font you are using. What you see on this page may not be exactly what other people see.

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Control key symbol on Microsoft Keyboards

Following are details.

Control key

• OPEN CENTRE ASTERISK is printed on Microsoft Keyboards.

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

• CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT ^ (aka caret) is the classic notation to indicate ASCII control sequences in programing, and also used as a notation for pressing Control key for inputting control sequence. The symbol is mostly used in 1970s to 1990s, in documentation or from online posts by user.

[see ASCII Character Symbols ␀ ␣ ¶]

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

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Apple MacBook Pro laptop keyboard, French Canadian Layout. Note the HELM SYMBOL ⎈ used for control key. [image source https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/46162/where-are-and-in-a-french-keyboard ]

[see French Keyboard Layout]

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, shifted digit 6 key.

Windows Logo Key

Windows Logo Key (suggestion)

This symbol is sometimes used by small keyboard makers. e.g. on 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's keyboard as of 2008. Apple keyboard [image source ]

Alt key

Alt key . This is standard Unicode symbol for the Alt key, but is rarely used as a label on keyboard nor in documentation.

Option key

Apple's Option key

Note: Alt on PC keyboard and ⌥ option on Apple Keyboards send the same USB scancode.

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 List of Emacs Default Keybinding]

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

Hyper Key

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Symbolics's Lisp Machine keyboard PN 365407 Rev C. (Photo by Joey Devilla. Used with permission.)

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

Shift key

Shift key

Caps lock

Capslock 🄰 🅰

Other suggestions:

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

Following are Input symbols from Unicode. 🔠 🔡

Number lock

Number Lock key suggestion 🔢 🔤

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

Return/Enter key

Return/Enter Key

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

Menu/App key

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

Compose key . This 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

Tab key

Most PC Keyboards use a elongated ↹ for tab. European version of Apple Keyboards use ⇥.

Escape key

Escape key

Most keyboards use “Esc” as label.

Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard uses ⎋.

[see Matias Mini Tactile Pro Keyboard]

Apple's documentation also uses ⎋.

Backspace, Delete

Backspace/Delete key

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]

On Apple Keyboards, this key is labeled “delete”.

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

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. [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”.

Home/End Keys

Home/End

Apple keyboard uses ↖ ↘ before 2018, now uses ⤒ ⤓.

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Mac keyboard viewer changes 2018-05-01

[see Mac Keyboard Viewer and Unicode]

Page Up/Down

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“Apple pro keyboard (German) (A1048)” image source

Page Up/Down key

Previous/Next Page

These are for browser previous/next page. The ⎗ ⎘ are used by IBM Thinkpad around 2000 to 2011. [see Evolution of Laptop Keyboards, No More Page Up/Down Keys!]

Arrow Keys

Commonly seen symbols used for arrow keys

[see Unicode Arrows → ⇒ ⇄ ↻]

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 Keyboards ⌨ 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.

Microsoft Edge browser uses ↻ for reload.

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Chromebook Pixel keyboard, featuring keys 🔍 and Chromebook Pixel

Search Key, Magnify Key

search, find, magnify. 🔍 🔎. The manifying glass 🔍 is used on Google Chromebook for web search function, as replacement for the Caps Lock 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, .

Computer Interfac Icons

Unicode: Computer UI Icons 🗑

Character Representation

ASCII Character Symbols ␀ ␣ ¶

Unicode Search

Try “heart face” (without quotes), or 9829, or U+1f60d, or paste emoji 😂. (If nothing happens, try Unicode Search for old browser)

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