Unicode: Keyboard Symbols ⌘ ⏎ ↹ ⌫ ❖ ⇞ ⇟

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Here's a list of symbols to indicate special keys. Some are widely recognized, some are rarely used or suggestions.

Modifier Keys

Command key , used in Apple Keyboards.

Microsoft Windows logo key (suggested symbol) (note: the Apple Command key and Windows Logo key both send the same USB scancode. On Linux, this key is called Super.)

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

Control key

Microsoft keyboard control windows alt keys
Control key symbol on Microsoft Keyboards

Meta key (the black diamond is used on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard and in Solaris documentation it's called Meta. The Meta key is a key on Lisp Machine Keyboards and heavily used by emacs. 〔➤ 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

Apple iMac Keyboard A1242
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Standard Special Keys

Capslock A⃣

Input symbols 🔠 🔡 🔢 🔣 🔤

Return/Enter key 〔➤ Keyboard Enter/Return Key Symbol — a Survey

Enter (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 label “enter”. Apple keyboards label the main one “return”, and “enter” for the one on number pad. Apple uses for Enter key. 〔➤ Apple Computer Keyboards Gallery〕)

Microsoft digital media keyboard 3000 enter key

Menu/App key (suggestion)

Compose key . This key is rare. It's on Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard, but it doesn't use any symbol.

Tab key . Note: Most PC Keyboards use ↹ for tab. European version of Apple Keyboards uses ⇥.

Esc key

Backspace, Delete

clear, insert Insert

pause key break key sleep key

Home/End, Page Up/Down, Arrow Keys


Page Up/Down key

Arrow keys

〔➤ Complete List of Unicode Arrows

Launch Keys and Extra Keys


print , mail , home ,

Cut Undo, redo

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

Chromebook keyboard

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

Keyboard Photos

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

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Character Representation

Unicode: Character Representation, ASCII Character Symbols ␀ ␤ ␠ ␣ ¶ ↩ �

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