Where is my Mac’s hash key?

Question : Where is my Mac’s hash key?

I recently signed up for a Twitter (www.twitter.com) account to see what it’s all about. I’m getting the hang of things, but am stumped when it comes to writing ‘hashtags’ because my MacBook doesn’t seem to have a hash key! I’ve looked and looked and I simply cannot see the hash symbol anywhere. Am I going blind? I’ve taken to copying hash symbols from other people’s feeds so I can paste them into mine, which is a real pain.

Solution : Where is my Mac’s hash key?


No, you’re not going blind – the hash symbol can be a little elusive on some Mac keyboards. At some point in the past Apple decided that on UK keyboard the hash symbol had to make way for the pound (£) sign, above the 3 key. This makes some sense, of course, because the hash symbol was previously little used – but Twitter has given it a new lease of life. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to type a hash symbol: just hold down the Alt key and tap the 3 key.