You may want to use shortcuts with your standard keyboard instead of using our built-in one. Here are some useful shortcuts for you.

**How to insert Pi**

To insert the Pi symbol: On your computer keyboard, hold down the **'Alt' **key and press the letter **'p'**

'Alt' + 'p' = π

If you are using a Mac, the shortcut requires you to hold down '**Option' **and press the letter **'p'**

'Option' + 'p' = π

When using the HegartyMaths keyboard, choose the symbol directly

Small screen layout

Large screen layout

**How to insert the multiply symbol**

To insert the multiply symbol: On your computer keyboard, hold down the 'Shift' key and press the number '8'

'Shift' + '8' = *

The multiply symbol and other operators are the orange keys on the HegartyMaths keyboard

**How to insert an index or power**

To insert an index, power or exponent: On your computer keyboard, hold down the 'Shift' key and press the number '6' to insert a caret. Follow this with the value of the power

'Shift' + '6' = ^

e.g. **y^2** gives:

**How to insert a letter or capital letter**

Use your computer keyboard or choose a letter from the HegartyMaths keyboard. Click the "CAPS" button to get a capital letter on the HegartyMaths keyboard. In small screen mode, choose "ABC" to view the letters

**How to insert a fraction**

To type in a fraction, simply type the numerator, then press the **/** key on your keyboard, and then type in the denominator.

e.g. 1/2 gives a half:

Note, you can also input a mixed number by typing the fraction first and then using the arrow keys to move to the space before the fraction and typing the whole number part of this.