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    Help! I can't find the 'backslash' key?

    Ok you guys must think I'm reaaly stupid

    I'm trying to find the backslash key on an American Dell QuietKey keyboard.

    For all this time I thought \ was the backslash key, but I guess not.

    Anyway if you could post where it would be physically on my keyboard that would be great! I've looked and looked...

    Thanks in advance!

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    I thought \ was backslash.

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    if your keyboard have the key Alt Gr, try combinations with this key and the key numbers.

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    I have a Dell QuietKey keyboard. The \ key is right above "enter" and right below backspace.

    That *is* what you're talking about, right?

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    I thought the "/" was backslash, as in
    "h"
    "t"
    "t"
    "p"
    "colon"
    "backslash"
    "backslash"
    for http://

    That backslash on most keyboards is located either below or above the ? key.

    I actually had a computer novice ask me which key was the "any" key and which was the "space" key.
    I still sometimes say "hit the return key" instead of "enter" (and I'm only in my 30's).
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    In case you're actually talking about the forwardslash (/) it's to the right of the right Shift key, on the same button as the question mark (?). It's also on the keypad above the number 8 key.

    Steelsun, you're not the only one who thinks that / is the backslash. It's not though, for example we say "him slash her" which we write as "him/her", therefore \ should be the backslash.

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    Originally posted by Steelsun
    I thought the "/" was backslash, as in
    "h"
    "t"
    "t"
    "p"
    "colon"
    "backslash"
    "backslash"
    for http://
    No, they are "slash slash"
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    Do you have a UK keyboard with a US layout specified or vice versa? Or some other keyboard with the incorrect layout specified. (when you press keys different symbols come out)
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    / is forward slash

    \ is backslash

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    I've been looking for the name for this for ages "..." finally found out it's called an ellipsis.

    I always thought that "/" was just plain "slash". Now here's one:

    = Bar (on a uk keyb it's Alt Gr + (not))
    | = Pipe

    I belive?

    and

    ` = Backquote
    ' = Apostrophe (may be called single quote elsewhere?)
    " = Speach mark (may be called double quote elsewhere?)

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    Originally posted by Nicky
    / is forward slash
    Commonly known as a simple 'slash'.
    Originally posted by Drinky
    = Bar (on a uk keyb it's Alt Gr + (not))
    You have a 'not' sign on your keyboard? Cool! Useless if you're not into logic, but still cool!

    I must say, the American English keyboard has got to be one of the lamest keyboard layouts there is. I have a French Canadian keyboard on my other computer and it has a whole bunch of funky characters that let me do all sorts of special characters. I've also worked with a German keyboard for a while and it can do even more! I'd get one if only the 'y' and 'z' weren't interchanged...

    How dumb, my 'Bar' button makes a 'Pipe'. Where do you use a 'Bar' anyway?

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    For ASCII art?

    Code:
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                                      /- _  `-/  ' 
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                                     / /   | `    \ 
                                     O O   ) /    | 
                                     `-^--'`<     ' 
                                    (_.)  _  )   / 
                                     `.___/`    / 
                                       `-----' / 
                          <----.     __ / __   \ 
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                          <----'    `--' `.__,' \ 
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                                 ,'  ,-----'   |        \ 
                                 `--{__________)        \/
    Last edited by Nicky; May 27, 2001 at 09:25.

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    Nicky you may want to edit that so it is within [code] tags
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    You'd think they'd have a universal keyboard by now wouldn't you???!!!!

    I've seen people refer to the hash key (#) as the British pound symbol before. Probably because American keyboards don't have a key, which I find odd as our (English) keyboards have a $ on them!!!!!!


    Drinky, I can see what you're getting at.

    To get a I have to hit alt and `, even though that should be a |

    To get a | I have to hit shift and \, but that should give me a

    I've checked my settings, and I definately have it set for a UK keyboard, so I can only assume that it's an error by the company who made the keyboard!!!!
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    <edit>
    This is the only thing i can think of that uses the not symbol
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    This is one of the best bits of ascii art i've seen (i've censored it for SitePoint )

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    Originally posted by Saz249

    I've seen people refer to the hash key (#) as the British pound symbol before. Probably because American keyboards don't have a key, which I find odd as our (English) keyboards have a $ on them!!!!!!
    I've seen newer keyboards with a (Ctrl+Alt+4) euro symbo on.
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    Originally posted by dominique
    You have a 'not' sign on your keyboard? Cool! Useless if you're not into logic, but still cool!
    Yea UK keyboard layout the top left key on the main block (below Esc) has "`" (Not, Backquote, and Bar) on it.
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    Originally posted by Saz249

    Drinky, I can see what you're getting at.

    To get a I have to hit alt and `, even though that should be a |

    To get a | I have to hit shift and \, but that should give me a
    no that's the correct way round Alt Gr+` OR Alt Gr+ will give you a bar since ` and are on the bar key. (top left key under Esc).

    shift+\ should give you a | pipe. (bottom left side key next to shift).
    Drinky

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    Yeah....that's what I meant!!

    Whoever printed the symbols on the keys made a boo boo!!!!!
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    Originally posted by Nicky
    For ASCII art?
    Cool devil, but there's nor 'Bar' in it!
    Originally posted by Saz249
    You'd think they'd have a universal keyboard by now wouldn't you???!!!!
    True, but that would be crazy. You'd need a keyboard with all the western characters, greek characters, chinese, japanese, russian, polish, arabic, ... You get the point!

    Of course I'm sure you meant a keyboard with all the western caracters and symbols!

    Originally posted by Saz249
    I've seen people refer to the hash key (#) as the British pound symbol before. Probably because American keyboards don't have a key, which I find odd as our (English) keyboards have a $ on them!!!!!!
    Electronic phone systems always refer to the # as the pound. "Please enter your service tag followed by the pound." Which always gets me confused because I'm never sure which is the pound, # or *.

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    Easy....neither!!!!! If you're English of course!!!!
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    Originally posted by dominique

    Electronic phone systems always refer to the # as the pound.
    I've heard this too, but here it is always called the hash, as in:

    "Please enter your security code, followed by the hash key".

    I've heard that the Americans also have a name for the * key on a phone, like the MUTE or SCORE key or something? I have no idea.
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    I've always referred to the * as an asterisk key and the # as the pound key.

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    A pound sign:
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    I keep hearing 'sharp' more and more for the # key, possibly because Microsoft calls C-Sharp its new language C#.

    I personally always called it the "number sign" because that's how we always refered to it in elementary school!


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