A Complete Review On Option Key on Mac

Option Key on Mac
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to know the Option key on Mac? But what do you know about the Apple key and the Command key? If you want to know the answer to all your questions then widout much ado dive down below!

The Option key is marked Alt on a Mac keyboard. And the ‘Apple key’ is what we call the Command or Cmd key on a Mac keyboard. That’s what you curious about.

Where is the Option key on Mac?

Lots of Mac users – wonder where to find the Option key on a Mac. And it’s difficult to surprise that lots of newcomers to Apple PCs might be a little confusing. Simply, scan the Apple Macintosh keyboard sold in the UK since 2006, and you can’t find a key labeled Option.

The answer to the question of where is the Option key is quite simple and easy. The Option key on a Mac, alternatively known as the Alternate key. It usually marked with the letters Alt and the symbol below, especially on Apple Mac keyboards. It generally sits located next to the Ctrl key on the left of the bottom row.

The Alt key will be quite familiar to Windows PC users when the key immediately to the left of the Spacebar. So once you connect a Windows or IBM PC keyboard into a Mac, hitting the Alt key has the same effect as hitting the Option key.

Apple erased the Option naming convention on non-US Mac keyboards all around the time of the processor migration from Intel to Motorola/IBM. Alternatively, after leaving the G3, G4, and G5 for the Intel Core 2 Duo and Core i3/i5/i7 series.

Under row from left: Alt (or Option), Ctrl and Apple (or Command) keys on a Mac keyboard

What does the Option key do?

The Option key has lots of crucial uses on the Mac. You have to choose boot partition after beginning the PC, and for direct printing of diacritical marks like å, ß, ∂ and µ from the keyboard.

Option Key on Mac

We don’t know why Apple plans to erase the Option legend on some territories’ keyboards and rather than using only the word ‘Alt’ and the required symbol.

If you know or want to offer your recommendation on why this takes place.

What do you know about ‘Apple key’ on a Mac? Is it different from the Command (or Cmd) key?

No, it’s quite the same. Some got into the habit, a few years ago, of calling the Command key, marked as Cmd, the ‘Apple key’. You probably hear about hotkey shortcuts: “Shift-Apple-F4” and much more.

The Apple key, also known as the Command key, is marked with Cmd and the increase loop symbol:

You can use Apple key with a single letter key for lots of the Mac’s some common actions: Apple-S stores some common applications, for example, and Apple-P prints. Apple-T opens the latest tab in your web browser.

What do you know about the Ctrl key?

The Control key (Ctrl) is enjoyed daily after PC users, for whom it acts quite similar to the Apple key for Mac users. On PC Ctrl-S is used to saves, Ctrl-P is used to prints, and so on. For Mac users probably the useful use of Ctrl is for simulating a right-tap while using a one-button mouse: Ctrl-left-tap does the job.


Here’s all about the “Option key on Mac”. Is this article helpful? For further queries and questions let us know in the comment section below!

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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