How to Type the © Symbol on a Mac?

Hi all, I’m working on a document and need to insert the copyright © symbol. I can’t figure out the shortcut on my Mac. Can anyone guide me on how to type it? Your help would be appreciated!

Hey there!

I totally understand the hassle when you’re trying to put a specific symbol into your document, and it doesn’t exactly jump out at you on the keyboard. Luckily, typing the copyright © symbol on a Mac isn’t too complicated once you know the ropes. I’ll walk you through several methods, so you can pick whichever one suits your style best!

Method 1: The Keyboard Shortcut

The simplest and fastest way to type the © symbol on a Mac is to use a keyboard shortcut. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Hold down the Option key on your keyboard.
  2. While holding the Option key, press the “g” key.

That’s it! Option + g gives you the © symbol instantly. Just make sure you’re in your text editor when you do this, so the symbol gets inserted right where you need it.

Method 2: Using the Character Viewer

If you’re someone who prefers to hunt for symbols visually, the Character Viewer is your friend. It allows you to browse and insert a wide range of symbols, including the © one. Here’s how you get to it:

  1. Click on the spot in the document where you want the © symbol.
  2. Go to the Menu Bar on the top of your screen, and click on Edit.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Emoji & Symbols. (You might also see “Special Characters” depending on your version of macOS.)
  4. In the Character Viewer that pops up, type “copyright” in the search bar.
  5. Double-click on the © symbol to insert it into your document.

This method might take an extra few seconds, but it’s handy if you’re also looking for other special characters.

Method 3: Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

If you find yourself using the © symbol a lot, you can set up a custom keyboard shortcut to insert it even quicker. Here’s a step-by-step for creating your personalized shortcut:

  1. Go to System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select Keyboard and then go to the Text tab.
  3. Click the + button to add a new text replacement.
  4. In the “Replace” field, type a shortcut you’d like to use (like “cprt”).
  5. In the “With” field, paste the © symbol (you can use the Option + g shortcut here).
  6. Hit Enter and you’re good to go!

Now, whenever you type “cprt” (or whichever shortcut you chose), it will automatically be replaced with the © symbol.

Method 4: Using the Touch Bar

If you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can also use it to easily insert the © symbol.

  1. Place your cursor where you want the © symbol to go.
  2. On your Touch Bar, tap the “^” (arrow) button to see more options if you don’t already see the emoji button.
  3. Tap the emoji (smiley face) button to bring up the Emoji picker.
  4. Scroll or search for the © symbol amongst the available ones.
  5. Tap the © symbol and it will be inserted into your document.

This method is especially quick if you’re used to using the Touch Bar frequently.

Method 5: Copy & Paste

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways! If you can’t be bothered with shortcuts or setting things up, just copy the © symbol from here and paste it into your document:


How To Do This:

  1. Highlight the © symbol above using your mouse or trackpad.
  2. Press Command + C to copy it.
  3. Place your cursor in your document where you want the symbol.
  4. Press Command + V to paste it.

Method 6: Using External Apps or Online Tools

If you often work with special characters, you might want to check out some apps or online tools dedicated to this purpose. Websites like Unicode Character Finder allow you to search for symbols and characters, then copy them directly from the site.

Alternatively, there are apps like PopChar that place a character palette in your menu bar, providing quick access to a plethora of special symbols and glyphs. Here’s a quick look at how a typical character app might work:

  1. Download and install PopChar or a similar app.
  2. Open the app and navigate through its interface to find the © symbol.
  3. Click the © symbol, and it will either copy it to your clipboard or insert it directly into your document (depending on the app).

These apps can be lifesavers if you find yourself juggling many different symbols regularly.

Method 7: Using HTML (for Web Documents)

If you’re working on a web document or coding a webpage, you might need to know how to insert the © symbol in HTML. Here’s the code snippet you’ll need:


This will render the © symbol when viewed in a web browser. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Open your HTML file or your web editor.
  2. Navigate to the place where you need the copyright symbol.
  3. Insert ©.

For example:

<p>All rights reserved &copy; 2023 My Website</p>

Wrapping Up

So there you have it! Multiple ways to insert the © symbol into your document on a Mac, ranging from keyboard shortcuts to specialized apps. Pick whichever method feels most comfortable to you. Over time, the process will become second nature, and you’ll insert that © symbol without even thinking about it.

Got any other symbols you’re struggling with or more Mac questions? Feel free to ask! Everyone has their little tricks and tips, so let’s keep the knowledge-sharing going.

Happy typing!

Hey there!

Ah, the elusive © symbol, right? No worries, I gotcha covered. Macs can be a little tricky sometimes, like they just wanna keep the secrets to themselves. But here’s the scoop:

  1. Quick Shortcut: Just hit Option + G. Seriously, that’s it. Type Option (or Alt, whatever floats your boat) and then press G.

  2. Character Viewer: If shortcuts aren’t your jam, you can always go through the Character Viewer. Click on the little flag icon in the menu bar (top right corner), choose “Show Emoji & Symbols,” then search for “copyright” or scroll till you find it. Trust me, it’s in there somewhere.

And if you ever feel like your Mac is messing with you on purpose, just remember: it’s all part of the plan to keep us keyboard warriors on our toes!

Hope that helps! Don’t hesitate to holler if you need more shortcuts or tricks. I swear my Mac still has a few mysteries left to unravel. :sweat_smile: