How to Type British Pound Symbol on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to type the British Pound symbol (£) on a Mac! If you’ve ever wondered how to easily access this currency symbol while typing on your Mac, you’ve come to the right place.

Method 1: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, here’s how you can quickly type the British Pound symbol:

  1. Step 1: Place your cursor where you want to insert the symbol.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold the Option key (⌥) on your keyboard.
  3. Step 3: While holding down the Option key, press the number key “3” on your keyboard.
  4. Step 4: Release both keys simultaneously.

You should now see the British Pound symbol (£) appear at the cursor’s position. It’s as simple as that!

Method 2: Using Character Viewer

If you prefer a more visual approach, you can also use the Character Viewer tool built into macOS. Here’s how:

  1. Step 1: Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences”.
  2. Step 2: In System Preferences, click on “Keyboard”.
  3. Step 3: In the Keyboard preferences window, click on the “Input Sources” tab.
  4. Step 4: Checkmark “Show Input menu in menu bar”.

You should now see a new icon in your menu bar, which looks like a flag or an abbreviation of a language. Click on it and select “Show Emoji & Symbols”. This will open the Character Viewer tool.

In the Character Viewer window, you can use the search bar to find symbols. Type “pound” in the search bar and you should see the British Pound symbol (£) among the results.

Click on the symbol to insert it into your document at the cursor’s position. You can then close the Character Viewer window.


Now that you know two different methods for typing the British Pound symbol (£) on your Mac, you can easily add it to your documents when needed. Whether you prefer using keyboard shortcuts or the Character Viewer tool, these methods provide convenient ways to access special characters on your Mac.

Remember to practice these methods and soon typing the British Pound symbol (£) will become second nature to you!

Thank you for reading this tutorial. We hope it has been helpful!

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