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Where’s the Hash Key on a Mac?

Strange question I know, but as I found out from here, the hash key, #, is ALT + 3 on a UK Mac keyboard instead of near the Enter key on a normal UK PC keyboard.

Bal said,

January 29, 2008 @ 8:00 am

# has always been shift-3 on american qwerty keyboards, thought the used the same setup in the UK.

Paul said,

January 29, 2008 @ 10:33 am

Nope, tis slightly different, hence my confusion :)

UK Keyboard.
US keyboard – although my Mac one is more like US International.

Rob... said,

February 22, 2008 @ 10:31 pm

Whilst alt+3 provides a hash key in nearly all my apps, it doesn’t in the terminal.

Any ideas on how to get a # in Terminal’s command line and in vim?



Paul said,

February 22, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

Rob, I just tried ALT + 3 in both iTerm and Terminal and I get a hash symbol. I did load up VIM but I haven’t foggiest on how to use it so can’t confirm if # works for me there.

tub said,

March 4, 2009 @ 11:15 am

Hi there, I know I’m a bit late but…
The reason hash isn’t working in terminal is probably because you’ve got ‘option sends meta’ enabled in the terminal options. I also have this problem, but I have no idea how to send a hash from the keyboard when this is enabled :-/

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