OS X - Help With Meaning of Symbols for Keyboard Shortcuts

OS X offers keyboard based shortcuts for faster access to functions available through both the desktop and application menus.

This document offers a list of the symbols that are expressed to execute available keyboard shortcuts. 

Modifier key


Command symbol


Shift symbol


Option symbol


Control symbol


Return symbol


Delete symbol

Forward Delete

Forward delete symbol

Up Arrow

Up Arrow symbol

Down Arrow

Down Arrow symbol

Left Arrow

Left Arrow symbol

Right Arrow

Right Arrow symbol

Page Up

Page Up symbol

Page Down

Page Down symbol

Top (Home)

Top symbol


End symbol

Tab Right

Tab Right symbol

Tab Left

Tab Left symbol

Escape (Esc)

Escape symbol

If you turn on Sticky Keys in Accessibility preferences, you see the Command, Shift, Option, and Control key symbols on your screen when you press those keys. To open Accessibility preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Accessibility.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at help@nmsu.edu.

Keywords:osx os x help shortcut keyboard symbol meaning   Doc ID:76282
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-09-01 11:10 MDTUpdated:2017-09-11 12:24 MDT
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