How to Type the Copyright Symbol on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Have you ever wondered how to type the copyright symbol on your Mac? Well, you’re in luck! In this article, we will guide you through the process of typing the copyright symbol using a few simple keyboard shortcuts.

Option + G Shortcut

If you frequently need to type the copyright symbol, the easiest way to do so on a Mac is by using the Option key along with the letter G. This simple keyboard shortcut will instantly insert the copyright symbol into your text.

To use this shortcut:

  • Step 1: Place your cursor at the desired location where you want to insert the copyright symbol.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Option key (also known as Alt key) on your Mac’s keyboard.
  • Step 3: While holding down the Option key, press the letter G on your keyboard.
  • Step 4: Release both keys simultaneously.

You should now see the © symbol inserted at your cursor’s position. It’s as simple as that!


If you are using an application that doesn’t support this particular keyboard shortcut or if it doesn’t work for some reason, don’t worry. There are alternative methods you can try.

The Character Viewer

If for any reason you cannot use the Option + G shortcut or if it doesn’t work in a specific application, you can also access special characters through macOS’s Character Viewer. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple menu located at the top left corner of your screen.
  • Step 2: Select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.
  • Step 3: In the System Preferences window, click on “Keyboard”.
  • Step 4: Navigate to the “Keyboard” tab and check the box that says “Show keyboard and emoji viewers in menu bar”.

A new icon will appear in your Mac’s menu bar, usually located at the top right corner of your screen. It looks like a small keyboard or a smiley face. Click on this icon and select “Show Character Viewer” from the dropdown menu.

In the Character Viewer window, you can search for specific symbols or browse through various categories to find the copyright symbol.

Final Thoughts

Now you know how to type the copyright symbol on your Mac using keyboard shortcuts or accessing special characters through macOS’s Character Viewer. Whether you need it for legal documents, creative projects, or simply for fun, incorporating this symbol into your text is now easier than ever!


  • The Option + G shortcut is the most convenient method for typing the copyright symbol on a Mac.
  • If you encounter any issues with this shortcut, use the Character Viewer to access special characters.

We hope this article has been helpful to you. Happy typing!

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