Mac option key: What is the option key on a MacBook?

Mac option key: What is the option key on a MacBook?

MacBooks are powerful computers packed with a wide range of features. The Option key is one of the most useful to hand on the keyboard – capable of unlocking all kinds of features hidden on an Apple Mac’s Operating System (OS). Discover the secrets of the Mac keyboard’s option key with

How to find the option key on Mac:

Many Mac users may be wondering how to find the Option key – either the ⌥ key or Alt key, depending on the keyboard layout of your Apple MacBook.

It is not surprising why many new converts to Apple computers may be a confused.

This is because you are unlikely to find a key labelled option on many keyboards sold in the UK for more than a decade.

Option is generally located next to the Ctrl key on the left side of the bottom row.

Apple removed the Option naming convention on non-US Mac keyboards around the time of the processor migration from Motorola/IBM to Intel.


Safari Browser: Holding the Option key transforms Clear History into Keep Website Data.

Pressing Option key when clicking a tab’s close button will close all tabs except for that one.

In Safari’s File menu, the Close Tabs option also becomes Close Other Tabs with Option held down.

Preview File Formats: When saving or exporting a file in Preview, option-click the Format dropdown to get access to several more available file types.

Open Preference Panes: If a Mac’s keyboard has icons printed on some of the functions keys, pressing them also perform special features.

Examples include pressing the F11/12 keys with speaker icons to adjust the MacBook’s volume.

Published at Mon, 11 May 2020 13:16:00 +0000