QuickTip: Special Keys

New to the Mac? Not sure what all the special keys are on your keyboard? Often when you are reading books on Macs or Mac applications you will see these various keys, most date back to the early days of the Mac. Unfortunately on today's Mac you won't find the symbols anymore, just the key names. Below you will find the Symbol and the associated key name. On current Mac desktops and notebooks the Command Key still has the "" symbol on it, but not the "" anymore. It's still often called the "Apple Key." No matter what they call them, they are very important to figuring out the best kept keyboard secrets of your Mac.

  • (Control key)
  • (Option key) - "Alt" may also appear on this key
  • (Shift key)
  • (Caps Lock) - Toggles Caps Lock on or off
  • fn (Function key)