The hash sign (which looks like # and is also known as a number or pound sign in the US) used to be a bit niche until Twitter came along. Now you can barely avoid the symbol that is widely known as the hashtag after its use on various social networks.

But how do you type a hash or hashtag symbol on a Mac? The PC keyboard has a dedicated hash key, but it's harder to find on a UK Mac keyboard. On older UK-layout Mac keyboards, indeed, the hash sign doesn't appear anywhere (although it does appear on some newer keyboards) so we'll have to get crafty with the Alt (Option) key to make our Twitter hashtag.

Mac Keyboard UK

To do a hashtag on a UK Mac, press Alt + 3. It's as simple as that.

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If you're using a US Mac keyboard, meanwhile, things are easier: it's the secondary option for the 3 key (you'll see a # above the 3) so Shift + 3 will do the trick. (On UK keyboards this would type the £ also known as the Pound sign).

For more Mac keyboard tips, see How to type Æ, €, #, @, © and more special characters on a Mac.