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Entering a backslash when using UK keyboard layout on US keyboard

This is more for my own reference than anything else but today I was needing to enter a backslash key while using a US keyboard but with UK keyboard settings.

After trying pretty much every key on the keyboard in all combinations, I realised there was no key combination that would do this directly. Curiously it's a common problem and I found untold blog and forum entries that were not helpful. They basically said to change your input to US when using a US keyboard.

I figured there is always a way of entering a character by its code and of course this works. If you have a keypad, you can enter <Alt>92 and you'll get a backslash. That's all I needed in this case.

Published Monday, July 14, 2014 7:12 PM by Greg Low

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Enrique Madrid said:

The Brits are too polite to backslash over anything :-)

July 14, 2014 10:00 AM

ed (English) said:

The funny is thing is that I recently bought a laptop from eBay and it has a us keyboard so this is really I useful!

I've just been using the us layout but prefer uk!

July 29, 2014 3:12 PM

David from Kenya said:

Thanks a bunch buddy, that was really helpful.

September 19, 2014 7:15 AM

Zacy5000 said:

Or you could use 'Alt Gr + The normal US button for backslash'.

Alt Gr is the one to the right hand side of the space bar and the normal US button for the backslash is next to the enter button and shift key (may slightly differ on different keyboards). This is much easier then using the Alt code.

December 11, 2014 3:40 PM

nish said:

alt gr+ The normal US button for backslash'.not working

December 27, 2014 10:49 PM

good said:

THX alot greg.. very helpful

January 4, 2015 9:50 PM

Zacy5000 said:

you may need to have the US keyboard as a secondary keyboard on the computer.

January 28, 2015 8:33 AM

Ricky said:

@Zacy5000 - this does not work unfortunately.

February 19, 2015 12:26 PM

Ironsfan said:

ALT 92 works perfect, Thanks a bunch mate!

March 8, 2015 1:57 AM

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