Keyboard Enter/Return Key Symbol

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

Unicode Symbol for Enter Key

I took a quick survey of keyboards to see what graphics symbol they use for the enter key.

Sharp Corner Return Arrow

All Microsoft keyboards uses a thin turned arrow with a sharp 90° corner. This is the most popular graphic symbol used. If a keyboard use a return arrow symbol, it's usually with sharp 90° corner like this. Microsoft has a long horizontal line, but others may not. Some uses a big filled arrow-head.

Almost all Microsoft keyboards use this icon and text for the Enter key.

Microsoft digital media keyboard 3000 enter key
Enter key. Microsoft Digital Media Keyboard 3000 (2008)

Examples of keyboards using return arrow with sharp corner:

[see Keyboards without Numeric Keypad]

Outlined Return Arrow

The RETURN SYMBOL , with outline graphics, is used on some, but relatively rare.

Hooked Return Arrow


Apple Keyboard A1016 Russian layout
Apple Keyboard A1016 M9270LL/A (2003) with Russian layout

Apple Keyboards usually do not have a glyph for the Enter key. But for European layouts, they do. On euro versions, keys such as {home/end, page up/down, return/enter, delete, tab, shift}, are all using a graphic symbol, and no text.

Key Label