Are you on vacation abroad? Have you just received a computer equipped with a US QWERTY keyboard? Whatever your problem, know that there are a multitude of tips to enter the € symbol on a Mac or a Windows PC. We explain everything in the rest of the article.
Where is the euro symbol on my keyboard?
In 2002, the euro became the currency of many countries of the European Union. Banknotes with bridges and windows quickly became part of the financial landscape. It is therefore normal that the acronym of the single European currency takes its place on the keyboards of our computers.
For the lucky ones among you, your keyboard has a dedicated euro key. If this is the case, all you have to do is hold down the Alt Gr key and then press the key with the euro symbol as many times as necessary (generally a single press is sufficient). On most AZERTY keyboards, the € sign is located on the location of the E key.
If this does not work or if your keyboard does not have the euro key, you can still enter special characters such as the single European currency. You just need to memorize one or two key combinations.
- Open the file or document in which you want to place the € symbol
- Hold down the Alt key
- Enter the following four-digit code: 0128
Please note that this trick only works on devices running Windows and equipped with a keyboard with a numeric keypad. The latter is usually located on the right side of the keyboard. It is recognizable by the arrangement of the numbers spread over three lines.
Get the euro symbol on a QWERTY keyboard in MacOS
On QWERTY keyboards (invented by Christopher Latham Sholes for typewriters), things get really complicated. But rest assured nothing is impossible. Certainly entering the euro symbol (€) is more difficult but with a little tenacity, we get there anyway.
If you have an AZERTY (French) keyboard, keep the Alt key pressed and then press the dollars ($) key. This keyboard shortcut will allow you to enter the euro key. It’s very simple, but you still have to know it.
For people who need to enter a currency symbol, be aware that MacOS has a viewer of special characters (acronyms for currencies, arrows, bullets, star, Celsius or Fahrenheit symbol).
- Open your text editor
- Click on the edit tab then on emojis and symbols
- Select the currency symbol item in the left column
- Find the acronym you want to insert
- Click on it to display the different font versions available for your symbol
- Double-click with your mouse on the version you want to insert in your document
The character viewer also gives you the option to favorite symbols you use frequently. To do this, simply select the symbol of your choice and then click on the add to favorites button placed just above.
The good old copy and paste
If, despite your best efforts, you still cannot obtain the € symbol, I invite you to copy the symbol placed opposite. Start by selecting the character using your mouse then right click.
Click on the copy option. Then open your working document and select the area in which you want to place the currency symbol. Right click with your mouse then paste the special character.
This is obviously a troubleshooting solution while waiting for the addition of a special characters viewer. On Word word processing software, this module is accessible from the symbol key placed in the insert tab.