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    Unhappy Keyboard Shortcuts
    Wonder if anyone can help me. I'm trying to find/create a hashtag shortcut on my keyboard. I have a Macbook Air (bought in the UK) and I have read/heard that the shortcut should be set to alt+3 however when I action this I get taken to my 3rd desktop.

    I'm sure this should be simple so step by step instructions on how to create a shortcut of my own would be greatly appreciated.

    Angelina

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    Sounds like you're pressing ctrl-3. Alt is Option.
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    The hastag symbol (#) is created with SHIFT-3, not alt-3 or control-3. It's actually printed right there on the key!

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    I've tried all the combinations with shift, alt, cmd etc. When I try shift+3 I get £ because that's the local currency and as I said I purchased the Macbook in the UK. There is most definitely no hashtag symbol printed on the key or any key.

    I'm pretty sure that I have this problem because over a year ago I reassigned the keyboard shortcuts but now I don't know how to do this anymore as I have since updated the software and am now running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63) and I can't seem to work my way round system preferences to find where I can create keyboard shortcuts anymore. I wouldn't mind creating a completely new keyboard shortcut for the hashtag but the problem is I don't know where to do this. Anyone got any ideas?

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    Well, this is on Mt. Lion but shouldn't be too different...
    Open System Preferences, click on Keyboard, click on right tab.
    This is where you make shortcuts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f1angelina View Post
    When I try shift+3 I get £ because that's the local currency and as I said I purchased the Macbook in the UK.
    Sorry, you're right I didn't remember that when I wrote my post. I'm sure there IS a hashtag someplace though, as millions of UK Twitter users would be severely handicapped without it!

    According to: Where's the hash key on a Mac keyboard?

    It is, in fact, option/alt (held down) and the three key normally, but you said you reassigned keyboard shortcuts so that's where the problem truly lies.

    You can change or create keyboard shortcuts here: OS X Lion: Create keyboard shortcuts for applications

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