Option key

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
Apple option key

The option key is a keyboard key found on Apple computers. It is used as a to create special characters and as a modifier for other command codes. As shown in the picture, the option key is found next to the control and command keys. Since the mid-1990s, this key has included the small text "alt" on it.

Tip

For users who are more familiar with the PC, the option key is very similar to Alt key on their keyboards.

Apple terms, Command key, Keyboard terms, Modifier key, Option