Mac: Find the AT sign (Klammeraffe) on the keyboard of Apple computers

AT sign on Mac keyboard

Anyone who comes from the Windows PC to the Apple Mac will certainly try to make an @ sign with the usual key combination [AltGR] + [Q]. The bracket monkey, as the AT sign (pronounced "at sign") is also called, appears on Macs with a different combination. On old ones Mac keyboards you still had to ponder which keys conjure up the spider monkey symbol, but it has been built into the keyboard for years:

AT sign on Mac keyboard

The @ sign has been on every Mac keyboard for a long time.

Instructions: at sign (@) on the Mac

Basically you get the ÄT or AT sign (@) on every Mac with the same key combination. To do this, use the ALT + L keys. The @ symbol is also printed on the L key so that you can find out more quickly how to find it.

Mac ALT and L

On the Mac, press ALT and the L key for the @ sign ("at", pronounced "ät" for "in, at, at").

On Macs with old operating systems, the key combination [Shift] + [ALT] + [L] is sometimes still used to enjoy the at-sign. However, I haven't got my hands on any of these models for years ...

Use of the at sign under Mac OS X Bootcamp

Who visites Bootcamp and has a Windows operating system running under it, it may have to work with [CRTL] + [ALT] + [Q]. However, this only works if you have selected the German keyboard in the country settings / region and language in the control panel.

@ Sign under Parallels Desktop

Windows is usually running under the [PC emulator Parallels Desktop-> parallels-desktop]. If you are in Windows and need an @ sign, you can also reach it with [ALT] + [L]. Incidentally, under a "real" Windows on a PC with a correspondingly different keyboard layout, AltGr + Q is required.

And a tip for the very desperate: If nothing works and you just can't get a parenthesis over the keyboard, then I just go to an email or a text and copy an @ out. I think there are definitely enough in this guide. :)

at sign under Microsoft Office

If you type in an e-mail address with in Excel or Word, this is automatically converted into a clickable e-mail address. If this procedure annoys you, you can switch it off in the settings of the Office programs.





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  1. norbate says:

    ... and to complete the shortcut for VMWare Fusion on the Mac with Windows [CRTL] + [ALT] + [L]
    The copier variant is also highly creative :)

    • sir appleot says:

      Yes, thank you, I actually used the copier variant every now and then when I had a misaligned keyboard layout on my old Mac under some dubious conditions. It's easy and always works. :) But thanks also for your tip!

  2. senior says:

    For me it was ALT GR + L under Parallels and Windows to get the spider monkey @.

  3. Batacuda says:

    Well, on the 'normal' keyboard the @ sign is on the L key. On the small Bluetooth keyboard that I'm now using on my 'new' Mac Mini, it's not there, but on the Q key. The character Although @ is still printed on the L key as usual, it does not function as such, but there is no such indication on the Q key, which is somewhat misleading. And now my question: Is there a hack to effectively reconnect the @ sign to the L key?

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Batacuda! I checked. Unfortunately, you won't get very far with the on-board resources of macOS. But you can create your own keyboard layouts with the app You are crazy create. But no guarantee. I haven't tried the app. But I would be happy if you would let me know if this helped you. 😊

    • F says:

      This happens if you selected "German - Standard" instead of "German" as the keyboard layout. You can easily change it under "Keyboard" -> "Input Sources".

  4. Peter Burkhalter says:

    @ = Alt G on Logitech keyboards
    I just wrote with it

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