How to Type Euro, Cent, Pound, Yen, and Other Currency Symbols on Your Mac

It may be difficult for you to type currency characters and symbols on your Mac when you are preparing a document. For example, when you are writing an email, you suddenly have to write the Euro symbol (€) but your keyboard doesn’t have one. Sometimes it is necessary to add these symbols.

A currency symbol is a short graphic sign for the name of a currency:

Mac All Currencies

This article will show you how you can insert currency symbols into any document, note, message, mail, or text field on your Mac.

Common Currency Symbols

The shortcuts mentioned in this article should work on US keyboard settings without modifying any keyboard settings. However, these shortcuts are limited and not all currencies have their own shortcuts. Using these shortcuts will let you quickly insert these symbols. How this works is that you will need to press two or more keys simultaneously. Also, note that the keys are separated by a comma (,) sign (don’t press the comma sign, it is just a separator).

€ / Euro

Press these keys: Option, Shift, 2

Mac Euro Symbol

£ / British Pound Sterling

Press these keys: Option, 3

Pound Symbol

$ / Dollars

Press these keys: Shift, 4

Dollar Symbol

¢ / Cents

Press these keys: Option, 4

Cents Symbol

¥: Japanese Yen and Chinese Yuan/Renminbi

Press these keys: Option, y

Yen Symbol

ƒ / Dutch Florin

Press these keys: Option, f

Florin Symbol

Type any foreign currency symbols

You can use “Character Viewer” to type any currency signs. The steps described below can be modified for all currency symbols available. The Character Viewer window can easily be launched easily when you need to type a symbol. Using this tool, you can also find various other characters. Here is how:

Character Viewer

  • When you are ready to insert a currency symbol, in any app, choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols or you can press Control, Command, Space bar together. This will open the Character Viewer.
  • To find a specific currency symbol, use the search field. Scroll up if you are not seeing the search field. For example, type Turkish Lira and hit enter, and the symbol will show up.
  • You can click the symbol to add it to the text.
Type any symbol

Alternatively, you can see all currency symbols. Her is how:

  • Click the expand/collapse button (in the upper-right corner).
  • You will see a sidebar. Click Currency Symbols.
  • And you will see all the currency symbols.
  • Click the one you want to enter.
All Currencies

If you do not see the Currency Symbols category, click the Action (…) icon (in the upper-left corner) and select Customize List. Then ensure that the Currency Symbols option is selected.

Customize list

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