Want to use the Apple logo () in a text, email (dangerous!) or document? Find out below how to make the Apple symbol on a Mac with only your keyboard and insert it into any text in the size and color that works best.
First, William Wordsworth Lies in a Cambridge Bed
and cannot sleep; or, as he put it:
And from my pillow, looking forth by light
Of moon or favouring stars, I could behold
Oh, what can you see in Cambridge by moonlight?
The antechapel where the statue stood
Of Newton with his prism and silent face,
The marble index of a mind for ever
Voyaging through strange seas of Thought, alone.
Apple logo fame? Yes, if you look very closely at the original 1976 logo for the computer manufacturer, you will find Wordsworth‘s words running around an image of Isaac Newton; Newton of Apple logo fame.
Now, inserting that original logo into text is difficult. Adding the logo Apple has been using from 1976 onwards is as easy, though, as typing a poet’s verbs. Let’s get started!
How to Make the Apple Symbol on a Mac and Insert the Logo in Text
To type the Apple symbol () using macOS on a Mac desktop or portable computer and insert it anywhere you can type text:
- Make sure the text cursor is where you want to insert the Apple logo.
- Press Option-Shift-K.
- Format the Apple symbol to your taste and need.
- You can change the color using text formatting, for example, or add a slant by italicizing the Apple logo.
- For a non-filled Apple symbol, highlight the logo and select Format | Font | Outline from the menu; if the Format menu is not available, you can copy and paste from an editor that includes it, say TextEdit.
Important: The Apple Symbol Will Not Show on Non-Apple Computers and Devices
Do keep in mind that, while you can include the Apple symbol produced as text using the keyboard combination above in emails and instant messages,
- the logo will only display correctly for others also using Apple products (in any browser, email program, messaging program, etc.).
- People who open your email or message on an Android device or a computer using Windows or Linux, for example, will usually see an odd character in its place that indicates the symbol could not be found or a totally unrelated symbol.
- Typically. this will look like , or .
- People using iCloud Mail at iCloud.com should see the alright.
Can I Avoid This Strange “Symbol Not Found” Glyph?
No, unfortunately, you cannot avoid this problem using only text.
Unicode, the assortment of tables that lets computers translate code (each character you type is stored as as such a code) to letters, numbers and symbols to display, includes parts that are not publicly defined. Every programmer can assign these codes to translate into any symbol they desire.
The Apple logo is one such translation. Apple has defined it (at U+F8FF) for use on its programs, but nobody else uses it that way. The code may either not be defined at all or use a different symbol.
The only practicable way around this is to
- take a screenshot of the logo as you see it and include that in your message.
You can always also print the logo, of course.
How to Find the Apple Symbol Key on Your Keyboard
To identify the key combination that will insert the Apple logo using your keyboard:
- Open the Keyboard Viewer on your Mac.
- Typically, hold down the Option and the Shift keys on your physical keyboard.
- Look for the Apple logo () on one of the keys on Keyboard Viewer.
- If you cannot find the logo, try holding down only Option, or Option in combination with Shift and Command.
- Let go of the Option and Shift keys to find out the label that you will find on the physical keyboard.
(How to make the Apple Symbol on a Mac tested with macOS Sierra 10.12, updated ; title image: StockUnlimited)