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If you’ve just got yourself a new Mac, you might be tearing your hair out trying to work out where the @ key or “at” sign is.

The reason for this is it depends on the country you bought your Mac in and in some cases, which keyboard country setting you have configured on your Mac.

For most people, the confusion is because the @ symbol requires pressing different keys combination on US and UK keyboards.

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Here’s how to type the @ sign on a Mac or MacBook based on your region.

1. On US keyboards, hold down the Shift key and press the number 2 key. You will see the @ sign above the number 2.type @ on mac us keyboard2. On UK or European keyboards, hold down the Option key (also known as the ALT key) and press the number 2 key.type at symbol on mac uk keyboard

3. If you’re in another country other than the UK or USA, you may need to change your keyboard region settings before you can type the @ symbol.

To check this go to Apple () Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard and click on the Input Sources tab.

change keyboard language mac

You will see different language settings depending on your country. For example, Spanish users can set keyboards to both “Spanish” (mainly for Latin America) and “Spanish ISO” (for Europe).

Setting it to “Spanish” however requires you to press CMD + G together to get the @ symbol. Setting it to “Spanish ISO” though allows you to type the “at” sign the European way using the Option key plus the number 2 key.

The same goes for other languages such as Swedish.

You can choose either “Swedish” or “Swedish Pro” settings and only the “Swedish Pro” setting allows you to type the “at” symbol using the normal Option key + number 2 key combination.

How To Type @ On Mac: Useful Tips

  • If you’re not sure which region or country your keyboard is from, check Apple’s list of keyboard localizations.
  • The ALT key and the Option key are the same thing but confusingly, on many European keyboards the word “Alt” doesn’t appear and it just says “Option” with a symbol.alt option key mac
  • If you’re using an external PC keyboard connected to your Mac, the ALT key is the same as Option key.
  • If you find that suddenly you can no longer type the “at” sign anymore after an update to macOS, it may be because the language settings on your Mac have been reset. If this happens:
  1. Go to the Apple () Menu > System Preferences.
  2. Select Language and Region and set your preferred language. how to type @ macbook language settingsIt’s also a good idea to check that your Keyboard settings are also correcting configured to the right language by going to Apple () Menu > System Preferences > Keyboard.
  • If all else fails and for some reason you can’t type the @ key on your Mac or MacBook, you can always simply copy and post the @ symbol. You can do this by holding down your trackpad or mouse key, selecting the @ symbol, press the Ctrl key and select “Copy” from the popup menu.

It might seem crazy that doing something as simple as typing the humble @ symbol can get so complicated on a Mac but we hope this has helped. If you still have problems finding it, let us know in the comments below.

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10 Responses

  1. Noel Kuck

    How would I get the “/“ key on a Dell keyboard to use with raspian?

  2. Elizabeth Gambling

    Hello. I have been trying for ages to type the @ sign on my Spanish keyboard without success. I have followed all the instructions but l cannot type my email address which l need to iniziate Apple ID sessions. Everything worked perfectly until the first update. I am English but l have also programmed Spanish thinking this would help, but no, l always get either “ or 2. PLEASE can you help. My email address is:

    • MacHow2

      You need to go to System Preferences > Keyboard and then select the Input Sources tab and make sure that “Spanish – ISO” is selected. This way your Mac is mapped to the correct keyboard layout.

  3. Kirsten

    Still no succes in getting that at sign. I have done everything you wrote but to no avail.


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