How to insert a command (⌘) character (or another symbol) into text
Because I can’t find it on my keyboard. Well, actually I can find it on my keyboard but it makes my other keys do different stuff.
I really hate having to do things with weird key combinations. Kind of like phone numbers in the olden days, for some reason I can still (pointlessly) remember long-defunct eleven digit phone numbers from forgotten friends and sequential key combinations from Excel ’95; however my brain is now full and nearly every time I need to do something with a keyboard shortcut I need to look it up. And don’t get me started on remembering whatever the ‘⌥’ key corresponds to on my keyboard.
Anyway, until somebody figures out a better way, we’re stuck with them, on desktops at least. So if you need to explain one to somebody and it involves inserting a funny character into some text, here’s the secret method:
- Step 1: Find it on the internet somewhere (e.g. in the title of this post)
- Step 2: Highlight and copy it (hopefully you can figure this out on whatever platform you’re on)
- Step 3: Paste it into your text
That was easy.