Computer Keyboard Key Explanations

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When talking to tech support or other people about keyboard commands and web pages, you may hear reference to keyboard characters (such as back slash, forward slash, or caret). Since these terms are confusing for users who are unfamiliar with these symbols, we've referenced a chart below that explains most of the characters found on a keyboard.

    ~ Tilde
    ` Acute, back quote, grave, grave accent, left quote, open quote, or a push
    ! Exclamation mark, exclamation point, or bang
    @ At or at symbol
    # Octothorpe, number, pound, or hash
    Pounds sterling or pound
    Euro
    $ Dollar sign
    Cent sign
    Japanese Yen
    Generic currency
    Micro
    % Percent
    Degree
    ^ Caret or circumflex
    & Ampersand or and
    * Asterisk
    ( Open parenthesis
    ) Close parenthesis
    - Hyphen, minus or dash
    _ Underscore
    + Plus
    = Equals
    { Open brace
    } Close brace
    [ Open bracket
    ] Close bracket
    | Pipe, Or, or vertical bar
    \ Backslash or reverse Solidus
    / Forward slash, solidus, virgule, or whack
    Section
    : Colon
    ; Semicolon
    " Quote, quotation mark, or inverted commas
    ' Apostrophe or single quote
    < Less Than or angle brackets
    > Greater Than or angle brackets
    , Comma
    . Period or full stop
    ? Question mark



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