How to type the euro sign on keyboard (Mac and PC)?

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Need to add the euro sign to your document, website, email, or when sending a DM? We got you covered. In this guide, we’ll go through everything you need to know about inserting the euro symbol on your keyboard and smartphone.

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What is the euro sign?

The euro sign looks like this:

According to the European Union website, the symbol is based on the Greek letter epsilon (Є). And of course, it’s the first letter in the word ‘Europe’. The two horizontal lines in the symbol represent stability.

The euro symbol was officially chosen in 1995 by the European Council. ¹

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Does the euro sign come before or after the number?

The euro sign generally comes before the number, and there’s no space in between. So when you’re writing a sum of money such as ten euro, you’d write it like this: €10.

What’s the euro abbreviation?

On the foreign exchange market, the euro is abbreviated to EUR. So whenever you’re looking up exchange rates for currency, this is what you’ll see.

EUR may also be used on some price lists (i.e. such as menu items), especially those targeted towards international customers.

How do you type a euro sign on keyboard (Mac and PC)?

If you need to type the euro sign, here’s how to do it on both a Windows PC/laptop and a Mac device.

First up, Windows PCs. There’s a simple keyboard shortcut you can use whenever you need to insert the euro sign. Just hold down the CTRL and ALT keys, and press the number 4. This may be on the top row, or at the side if you have a full-size keyboard with its own number pad.

For Mac devices, you can press Alt (or Option) and the number 2 key. For US keyboards, you may need to hold down the Shift key as well.

For ease, you can also go ahead and copy and paste the euro symbol from here:

How to insert a euro sign on a mobile device (iOS and Android)?

Using a smartphone, tablet or other mobile device? It’s pretty easy to insert a euro sign into a message or in a search query.

For both iOS and Android devices, you simply need to switch to the numbers and symbols keyboard. The € sign should be one of the options. If it isn’t, you can also hold down the dollar sign ($) to see more currency symbol options.

How to get the euro sign in popular word processors – without typing?

If you don’t have access to a keyboard, there is a way you can insert a euro sign on your word processor without typing.

On applications such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, you can simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to Insert from the drop-down menu at the top
  2. Select ‘Symbol’ on Word, or ‘Special Characters’ on Google Docs
  3. You should be able to select the € symbol. On Google Docs, you may need to select ‘Symbol’ and then ‘Currency’ from the category menus.

After reading this guide, you should be all set to use the euro sign on your Mac, PC or your smartphone whenever you need to.

Sources used:

  1. European Union - The Euro - Design

Sources last checked on date: 12-May-2023

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