Square brackets on Apple Mac keyboard

Square brackets are not drawn on the Mac keyboard. Still, you can get to the [ and ] characters reasonably comfortably. Especially programmers often need these buttons, but also everyone who works scientifically.

To enter square brackets on your Mac

  • For the square bracket open to the right [ hold the [Option.]-key (on newer keyboards labeled “alt”) and press the [5].
  • Hold the bracket ] open to the left [Option] pressed and tap the [6].

In the next tip, read how to enter a curly bracket on the Mac.