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 / 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. Keep in mind that your keyboard may not have every key listed in this chart.

SymbolExplanation
Windows PC keyboards have a Windows key represented by a flag.
Command Apple Mac computers have a command key.
F1 - F12See document CH000306 for information about these keys.
TabTab key
Caps lockCaps lock key
ShiftShift key
CtrlCtrl key
AltAlt key (PC Only; Mac users have Option key)
Back SpaceBack space key
DeleteDelete or Del key
EnterEnter key
Prt ScrnPrint screen key
Scroll lockScroll lock key
PausePause key
BreakBreak key
InsertInsert key
HomeHome key
Page upPage up or pgup key
Page downPage down or pgdn key
Num LockNum Lock key
~ 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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