Computer keyboard key explanations

When talking to tech support or to other people about keyboard commands, web pages, and command line commands, you may hear such things as forward slash, backward slash, or backslash, and caret. Many times this can be confusing for users unfamiliar with each of the symbols found on a keyboard. Below is a chart that can be used to quickly identify keyboard keys. Please keep in mind that some of these symbols will not be on all keyboards. We have tried to list each of the symbols found in all keyboards around the world.

SymbolExplanation
~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, sharp, or Hash
£Pounds Sterling or Pound symbol
Euro
$Dollar sign
¢Cent sign
¥Japanese Yen
$Generic currency
§Micro
%Percent
°Degree
^Caret or Circumflex
&Ampersand or And
*Asterisk and sometimes referred to as “star”.
(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, dot or Full Stop
?Question Mark
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