How to Make an Arrow Symbol on a Mac

Written by leonardo r. grabkowski
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The Windows operating system uses a character map and keyboard shortcuts to display special characters. The Mac OS has a similar feature known as the character palette. You may want to insert arrows into a document to emphasise a particular word or phrase. Unfortunately, the Mac system has no keyboard shortcut to insert an arrow symbol; however, you can simply open the character palette and choose the directional arrow you want to add.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Open the document you want to place the arrow symbol in. Click the "Edit" tab on the menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Special Characters." The character palette will now open. Alternatively, you can click "Input," then "Show Character Palette" to open the viewer.

  3. 3

    Click "Arrows" on the left sidebar. The available arrows are displayed in the window.

  4. 4

    Click on the arrow you want to insert into the document and then click "Insert." The arrow will appear where your pointer was in the document.

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