OS X Yosemite: What are those symbols shown in menus?

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What are those symbols shown in menus?

Many app menus show key combinations, such as ⌘N, next to certain menu options. The symbols in the key combinations represent special keyboard keys, called modifier keys.

You can press the key combinations shown in menus to perform actions without opening the menus.

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.

Published Date: Sep 15, 2017
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