Straight quotes are great for programming and units of measure, but when it comes to composing beautiful, legible, articles, blog posts, or other bodies of text, curly (smart) quotes are the way to go. To many this detail may not be noticible, but this simple investment will add sophistication and professionalism to your content.

How it’s done

Many modern word processors and text editors will use smart quotes for you automatically, but there are times when you’ll need to specify the quote type yourself. Below is a quick reference guide for typing curly / smart quotes:

Mac OSX

option + ] opening single quote ( ‘ )
option + Shift + ] closing single quote ( ’ )
option + [ opening double quote ( “ )
option + Shift + [ closing double quote ( ” )

Windows

alt + 0145 opening single quote ( ‘ )
alt + 0146 closing single quote ( ’ )
alt + 0147 opening double quote ( “ )
alt + 0148 closing double quote ( ” )
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