PC users, my apologies up-front as this post is for all of my fellow Mac-Heads. Over my years of Apple ownership, I have slowly discovered a million amazing things these little puppies can do. Every time I find a new trick, I enjoy a little moment of jubilation and then immediately and involuntarily start calculating all the hours of my life I wasted before learning it. There are so many easy ways to make common symbols that have made my life as a teacher who makes her own materials so.much.easier. This is the post I wish I had found years ago. You may already know some (or all) of these, but hopefully it will help someone else out! SPOILER ALERT: Introduce yourself to the Option Key. She is your friend.
OPTION / (backslash). OMG. I’m starting with the one that excited and angered me the most when I found it. Excited: IT’S A DIVISION SYMBOL. HALLELUJAH. Angered: OMG, I HAVE WASTED SO MUCH TIME GOOGLING THESE LITTLE MONSTERS AND COPYING AND PASTING THEM. WHYYYYYYY?!
Option 4 makes a cent symbol. It took me way, way, way, way, WAY too long to discover this.
Option = gives you a not equal sign.
Option 8 allows you to easily create bullets.
There are a few different ways to make a degree symbol – and to be totally honest, I don’t know which one is “technically” the degree symbol. But Option 8, Option K, and Shift Option 8 will all give you a version of it. You can choose the one you like the best.
Option P is the Pi symbol. (Still searching for the shortcut for the key lime pie symbol – will update this post when I find it.)
Option V is the square root radical symbol, but quite honestly, I use it more as a checkmark. 😉
Shift Option = produces the plus/minus symbol.
There are a million more, but those are the ones most relevant to teachers – especially if you are trying to create your own materials for class. Play around with the option key – there are lots of fun things you can do. There are also so many amazing shortcuts for things like taking screenshots, selecting text, duplicating pages/images, navigating both on your computer and in your browser, etc. But I’ll save those for another time. 😉
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Happy Teaching!