@ | How to Type At Symbol On Keyboard (Windows & Mac)

The at sign@, is normally read aloud as “at”; it is also commonly called the at symbolcommercial at, or address sign. @ | How to Type At Symbol On Keyboard (Windows & Mac)It is used as an accounting and invoice abbreviation meaning “at a rate of” (e.g. 7 widgets @ £2 per widget = £14), but it is now seen more widely in email addresses and social media platform handles.

The absence of a single English word for the symbol has prompted some writers to use the French arobase or Spanish and Portuguese arroba, or to coin new words such as ampersat and asperand, or the (visual) onomatopoeia strudel, but none of these have achieved wide use.

Although not included on the keyboard of the earliest commercially successful typewriters, it was on at least one 1889 model and the very successful Underwood models from the “Underwood No. 5” in 1900 onward. It started to be used in email addresses in the 1970s, and is now routinely included on most types of computer keyboards.

At sign
In UnicodeU+0040 @ COMMERCIAL AT (@)

Using the At Key on the Keyboard

Using the At key is one of the easiest ways you can type this symbol on the keyboard.

This At key is located on the upper far-right side of nearly all computer keyboards, immediately after the One (1) key, before the three (3) key, and directly above the Q and W keys.

The At key is highlighted in yellow in the keyboard image below. The At key is the same on both Windows and Mac keyboards.

Keyboard mappings using a PC keyboard on a Macintosh

Therefore, to type the At symbol on the keyboard, press Shift + 2 simultaneously.

At Symbol Alt Code Shortcut (MS Word for Windows)

The Alt Code shortcut for the At Symbol is Alt + 64. To type with this method, press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard while using the numeric keypad to enter the Alt code, then release the Alt key.

This method works only in Windows, and it requires that your keyboard have a separate numeric keypad with Num Lock enabled.

On Windows, alt codes like this are used to type symbols or characters that are not available on the keyboard.

This method is extremely beneficial because it saves a significant amount of time when trying to type special characters like At.

The following are the detailed steps you can take to type these At symbols on Windows using the Alt Code keyboard shortcut:

  • Open your Word document where the symbol is to be typed.
  • The cursor should be positioned in the desired location.
  • Press and hold on to one of your Alt Keys.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, use the numeric keypad on the right to type the At Alt code (64)
  • Release the alt key after typing the code.

As soon as you let go of the Alt key, the At symbol will appear.

The following rules must be followed in order for the At Alt Code to work.

  • Before typing the code, you must hold down the Alt key.
  • To type the alt code, you must use the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • The NumLock must be enabled because you are using the 10-key numeric keypad. When you turn off NumLock, the number keys become disabled, and you won’t be able to type any numbers.
  • If you’re using a laptop that doesn’t have a numeric keypad, you’ll need to activate the hidden numeric keypad first. On most laptops, you can turn it on by pressing the Fn + NmLk keys at the same time. A hidden numeric keypad isn’t found on every laptop. If it doesn’t appear in yours, you won’t be able to type symbols using the alt code method unless you connect an external keyboard with a numeric keypad or use the on-screen keyboard. Yet still, you can use the other methods discussed in this guide.
  • You should also be aware that, depending on the text editor you’re using, not all symbols can be typed with the alt code. Only Microsoft Word recognizes some of the alt codes.

Insert At Symbol on Mac

You can also obtain the At symbol on Mac using either the keyboard or the Character Viewer.

The Character Viewer is a place on Mac where you can add special characters and symbols to text, such as math symbols, Latin characters, and pictographs.

Obey the following steps to insert this (@) and any other symbol on Mac.

  1. To type the At (@) symbol on Mac, simultaneously press Shift + 2 on your Mac keyboard.

Alternatively, obey the below instructions

  • Place your cursor in the text area where you need to insert the symbol.
  • Press Control + Command + Space bar to bring up the Character Viewer. Alternatively, choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols.
  • Type (Commercial At) in the search field at the top and press Enter.
  • The symbol should appear. Kindly click on it to insert it into your text.

These are the steps you may use to insert this and any other symbol on Mac using the Character Viewer.

Shortcut to type At Sign in Microsoft Word

MS Word shortcut to type the At symbol is 0040, Alt + X.

To use this shortcut, open your Microsoft Word document, position the insertion pointer where you want to type the At symbol, and then follow the simple instructions below:

  • Simply type 0040.
  • Then press Alt plus X simultaneously.
  • If it doesn’t work, highlight the code before pressing the Alt and X keys simultaneously.

When you press Alt + X after typing the Unicode, the symbol appears in place of the Unicode.

Insert At Symbol from the Office Symbol Library

If using the keyboard isn’t your thing, there’s also a mouse-based method for getting the At symbol in Office apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

To explain the steps, we’ll use screenshots of Microsoft Word. You can, however, use the same method in Excel and PowerPoint.

Without further ado, here are the steps to take:

  • Launch MS Word or Excel or PowerPoint.
  • Place your cursor at the desired place.
  • Navigate to the Insert tab.
  • Click the Symbols button in the Symbols group, then select More Symbols from the drop-down menu.

Copy and Paste At Symbol

This is by far the simplest way to obtain any symbol, including the At sign.

You simply need to copy the symbol somewhere, such as a web page, and then press Ctrl + V after switching to the document where you need it.

If you want to copy the symbol, you can do so below.


If you have a Windows PC, the steps below will show you how to copy this symbol from the Character Map.

  • Search and Launch the Character Map app.
  • Near the button, select the Advance View checkbox to expand more Character map options.


When you use a Windows (PC) keyboard on a Macintosh computer, the keyboard shortcuts that you use map to different keys. In particular, the primary key that is used in keyboard shortcuts in combination with other keys is frequently different. The following are the primary key substitutions on the Windows keyboard, and their Macintosh equivalents.

CONTROLCOMMAND (for most shortcuts) or CONTROL

More Information

The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that apply to the operating system.

System Shortcuts

Capture whole screen to ClipboardPRINT SCREENCOMMAND+CONTROL+SHIFT+3
Capture front most windowALT+PRINT SCREENCOMMAND+SHIFT+3
Close active windowCONTROL+WCOMMAND+W
Copy a file/folderCONTROL+ drag iconOPTION+ drag icon
Create an alias or shortcutMouse right-click, then select Create ShortcutSelect item, then COMMAND+L
Delete to ClipboardCONTROL+XCOMMAND+X
Exit a dialog box without changesESCESC
Force exit from unresponsive applicationCONTROL+ALT+DELETECOMMAND+OPTION+ESC
Forward deleteDELETEDEL (Mac notebooks: Function (fn)+DELETE)
View item information or propertiesALT+ENTERCOMMAND+I
Log off Current UserWindows logo key +LCOMMAND+SHIFT+Q
Maximize windowCONTROL+F10CONTROL+F3, then UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select minimized windows on Dock, then ENTER
Minimize windowsWindows logo key +MCOMMAND+M
Paste Clipboard contentCONTROL+VCOMMAND+V
Exit/quit programALT+F4COMMAND+Q
Rename file/folderSelect item, then F2Select item, then ENTER
Select all itemsCONTROL+ACOMMAND+A
Select more than one item in a list (noncontiguous)CONTROL, then click each itemCOMMAND, then click each item
Send items to Recycle Bin/TrashSelect items, then DELETESelect items, then COMMAND+DELETE
Send/receive e-mailCONTROL+KCOMMAND+K
Shut downWindows logo key +U+UCOMMAND+OPTION+CONTROL+Eject key
Switch to next windowCONTROL + F6COMMAND+~ (tilde)
Switch to previous windowCONTROL+SHIFT+F6COMMAND+SHIFT+~ (tilde)
Toggle through open applicationsALT+TABCOMMAND+TAB
Type special charactersALT+ character keyOPTION+ character key

Microsoft Office / iWork

The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that are specific to the Microsoft Office and Apple iWork office suites.

Font menuCONTROL+DCOMMAND+D (Office) or COMMAND+T (iWork)
Move to beginning of current or previous wordCONTROL+LEFT ARROWOPTION+LEFT ARROW
Move to end of current or next wordCONTROL+RIGHT ARROWOPTION+RIGHT ARROW
Move to end of current lineCONTROL+ENDOPTION+END
New document, new e-mail message, and so onCONTROL+NCOMMAND+N

Windows Internet Explorer / Safari Shortcuts

The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that are specific to the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari Web browsers.

Find word/phrase on a pageCTRL+FCOMMAND+F
Browse to home pageALT+HOMECOMMAND+SHIFT+H
Open new browser windowCTRL+NCOMMAND+N
Refresh Web pageCTRL+RCOMMAND+R
Switch to next tabCTRL+TABCOMMAND+} (right brace)
Switch to previous tabCTRL+SHIFT+TABCOMMAND+{ (left brace)
Toggle full screenF11None
Increase text sizeCTRL+PLUS SIGN (+)COMMAND+PLUS SIGN (+)

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