How to type the Cent symbol on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac keyboard

It's easy to type a cent symbol on iPhone, iPad, or Mac keyboard.

By Dave Johnson - Senior Staff Writer
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For as many keys as your keyboard holds, there are always hundreds more symbols that get left out. One of these is the cent symbol (¢). On the standard Mac keyboard, the dollar sign is on the 4 key, but the cent sign is nowhere to be found. It also doesn’t show up on the iPhone keyboard.

Luckily, you can type the cent symbol with your keyboard using key combinations on a Mac or numerical keyboard menus on an iPhone or iPad. In this article, we’ll tell you how to type the cents symbol on iPhone, iPad and Mac keyboard.

First, we’ll take a brief look at the cent symbol for U.S. currency.

Using the cent sign for U.S. currency

Feel free to skip this section if you are already familiar with the conventions for writing U.S. currency.

The dollar sign goes before

The dollar sign generally comes before the number, and there’s no space in between. The cents are written after a period. So when you’re writing a sum of money such as twenty dollars and ten cents, you’d write it like this: $60.35.

You can also write a number of cents (with no dollar amount) using the dollar sign. For example, thirty five cents can be written like this: $0.35

The cent sign goes after

When you want to use the cent symbol, it should follow the amount, and no period is used. For example, we can also write thirty five cents like this: 35¢

The cent symbol keyboard shortcut on Mac

It is very simple to type the cent symbol on your Mac. For this, we will use a keyboard shortcut. Here is how:

  1. Open an app.
  2. Press Option4.

The cent sign on iPhone and iPad

You can use the built-in keyboard on your iPhone or iPad to enter the cent sign in just a few taps.

  1. Tap a place that you’re able to type so the keyboard appears.
  2. On the keyboard, press 123 to reveal the numerical keyboard.
  3. Long press the $ key.
  4. Slide your finger to select ¢ then let go.

Cent symbol on iPhone keyboard

That’s it. Now you can enter the cent sign anytime and anywhere you want. Now you can enter the figure as 50¢” instead of 50 cents.

See also: How to type the degree symbol on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

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By Dave Johnson Senior Staff Writer
Dave Johnson is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in New Jersey. He covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
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