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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Control key symbol on Microsoft Keyboards

Control key

Control key

• The Open asterisk is used to indicate Control key on Microsoft Keyboards.

• The Helm symbol is sometimes used to indicate Control key in Linux documentation.

^ (CIRCUMFLEX ACCENT; caret) is a classic notation to indicate ASCII control sequences, and also used as a notation for pressing Control key for inputting control sequence. Mostly used in 1980s to 1990s. They are used mostly in documentation, in Unix/Linux, Emacs editor. Apple, currently also use this symbol to indicate Control key, in menu and in documentation.

〔➤see Unicode: ASCII Character Symbols ␀ ␤ ␠ ␣ ¶ ↩ �

The caret character ^ is 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

Microsoft Windows logo key (suggestion).

Note: the Apple Command key ⌘ command and Windows Logo key both send the same USB scancode. On Linux, by convention, this key is called Super. (not to be confused with a real Super key on Lisp Machine keyboards. see Space-cadet, Lisp Machine Keyboards )

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.

Command key

Command key , used in Apple Keyboards.

Apple iMac Keyboard A1242
Apple's keyboard as of 2008. Apple keyboard 1500×680image source

Opt key

Apple's Opt key (note: Alt on PC keyboard and ⌥ option on Apple Keyboards send the same USB scancode.)

Meta Key, Hyper 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 Emacs: How to Define Keys〕)

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

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

Shift key

Shift key

Caps lock

Capslock A⃣

Most keyboard uses A inside a round square. Some uses a dotted white fat arrow.

Following are Input symbols from Unicode. 🔠 🔡 🔢 🔣 🔤

Return/Enter key

Return/Enter key . This is the return key above the right shift key. 〔➤see Keyboard Enter/Return Key Symbol — a Survey

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

a unicode symbol named ENTER SYMBOL.

Note: There are 2 return/enter keys on standard PC keyboard: one on main section, one on number pad. The keyboard hardware send different key signals. On PC/Windows keyboards, they are both labeled “enter”. Apple keyboards label the main one “return”, and “enter” for the one on number pad.

Microsoft digital media keyboard 3000 enter key

Menu/App key

Menu/App key (suggestion) . This key is invented by Microsoft. It is meant to be a application specific key. 〔➤see What's the Use of the 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 Keyboard: What's the Difference Between Alt Graph Key, Compose Key, Dead Key?

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Compose key on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard

Tab key

Tab key

Note: Most PC Keyboards use a elongated for tab. European version of Apple Keyboards uses .

The tab character is sometimes indicated by . Here's the left one for completeness .

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 this IBM Model M keyboard at IBM Model M keyboard, Unicomp.

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.

I haven't seen keyboard using this symbol.

Clear Key

clear

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

It is labeled as “clear”.

I haven't seen the Unicode symbols used on keyboard.

Home/End Keys

Home/End

Apple keyboard uses , and also in documentation and GUI menu.

Page Up/Down

Page Up/Down key

Arrow Keys

Arrow keys

〔➤see Complete List of Unicode Arrows

Pause/Break Key

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 What Does SysRq/ScrLk, Pause/Break Keys do?

I haven't see keyboard using these symbols.

Print Screen Key

This is Unicode char U+2399, named PRINT SCREEN SYMBOL.

I haven't seen keyboard actuallying using this symbol as key label.

Help Key

Help key suggested symbols.

Help key is in Apple Keyboards ⌨ and Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard

They usually just print “help”.

Sleep Key

sleep key

More Special Keys

Eject

print , mail , home ,

Cut Undo, redo

Reload, refresh . The symbol ⟳ is used by Chromebook for browser refresh.

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Chromebook Pixel keyboard, featuring keys 🔍 and Chromebook Pixel

search, find, magnify. 🔍 🔎. The manifying glass 🔍 is used on Google Chromebook for web search function, as replacement for the Caps Lock 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 User Interface Icons ⌖ ⌚ ⌛ ✍ 🔋 🔒

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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 User Interface Icons ⌖ ⌚ ⌛ ✍ 🔋 🔒

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