How to type a £ British Pound sign on a US keyboard (Windows and Mac)

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I no longer have a UK keyboard on most of my everyday computers, so there’s no obvious way for me to press the British Pound £ sign anymore (much like the € Euro sign). Thankfully there are reactively easy ways to make this happen without having to resort to switching keyboard drivers.

I’ll undoubtedly forget 10 minutes from now, so I thought I might write it down somewhere sensible. If you fear the same, bookmark this page now 😅


On a UK Mac keyboard, SHIFT + 3 brings up the £ British Pound sign. I was excited to see that on a US Mac keyboard, it can be done with OPT + 3. That’s super easy to remember!

Oh, and while we’re on this subject, the € Euro Symbol can be accessed with ALT + SHIFT + 2. Thank you, Apple!


This is way trickier on Windows (huge surprise). One option that does not require third-party tools, we can type ALT 0163 (as in hold down ALT while typing 0128 on the Num Pad, with Num Lock on). Yes that’s a little tricky to remember. Weird but it works.

Many other characters can be typed that way, such as the € Euro Symbol with ALT 0128.


I’ve never had to do this, but word on the street is that holding down CTRL + SHIFT while typing u a 3 might bring that fabled £ sign up. I’ll try it out next time I’ve got my Linux system running with a GUI.

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