We are all familiar with the QWERTY layout of modern computer keyboard. The QWERTY name comes from the order of the first six keyboard keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard. This layout was devised and created in the early 1870’s by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor, printer and also is the inventor of the first typewriter. In our day to day life, we used different symbols and special characters of our computer keyboard to perform various tasks. But most of us don’t know the symbol meaning and name of the symbols in our keyboard. There is not much use to remember all the symbol names in the keyboard for our day today activities. But things may change if you want to explain about a technical problem in your keyboard with a technician. Sometimes, you may have to mention the name of keyboard keys in your conversation. Here is the list of common computer keyboard symbols with it’s symbol meaning in plain English.keyboard symbols

Computer keyboard key explanation

For programmers, these symbols are  essential for their coding purpose. In anyways, for coding purpose, or want to discuss technical problems with an expert, or just want to learn the names of the keyboard symbols, here is a list of the symbols that commonly available in a computer keyboard.

Symbols in Keyboard – Explanation and its use
Sl.   No.                   Symbol                                 Name
1                      & ampersand or and
2                       apostrophe or single quote
3                       * asterisk
4                      @ at
5                      ` back quote
6                      \ back slash
7                     { } braces or curly braces
8                     [ ] brackets
9                       ^ carat
10                      } close brace
11                      ] close bracket
12                     ) close parenthesis
13                     : colon
14                      , comma
15                    $ dollar
16                    = equal
17                    ! exclamation  mark
18                    > greater than
19                    < less than
20                    – minus or hyphen
21                   { open brace
22                   [ open bracket
23                   ( open parenthesis
24                  ( ) parenthesis
25                  % percent
26                    | pipe or bar
27                   + plus
28                   # pound or number sign or sharp or hash
29                   “ quote
30                  ; semi-colon
31                   / slash or forward slash
32                   ~ tilde
33                    _ underscore
34                    ? Question Mark
35                    . Period, dot or Full Stop
36             F1 to F12 Function keys
(Do more with function keys)
Keyboard Keys explanation and uses
Sl.   No.                   Keys                                 Name
1 Esc  Escape Key
2 Windows logo Windows Key
3 Delete Delete Key
4 Back space Backspace Key
5 Tab Tab Key
6 Caps Lock Caps Lock Key
7 Shift Shift Key
8 Ctrl Control Key
9 Alt Alternate Key(Windows); Option Key (Mac)
10 Prt Scrn Print screen
11 Num lock Number lock key
12 Page Up Page up Key
13 Page Down Page down Key
14 Insert Insert Key
15 Enter Enter Key

These chart helps you to identify symbols, each keyboard key and it’s use. Do you taking too much time to complete a task on your computer or on your wordprocessor. To take a screenshot of your desktop you can use the Printscreen button to capture the visible area of your screen.  You must learn these essential keyboard shortcuts to use your computer like a pro. Can you give some other uses of the keyboard symbols?


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  1. Hi i like keyboard short cuts and symbol names beacuse you guys you are trying i like your page thanks

  2. I like your page because it helps me look more professional to use the names of keyboard symbols correctly when necessay in written correspondence. THANK YOU!

  3. I didn’t see this character: ‘¬’

  4. first of all I would like to thank for creating this, I learn some thing which is more important for me. before I visit this I don’t know about how to pronounce the symbols, thanks for your work….

  5. Help me on button
    “CTRL+[Num+] ?

  6. No . period, ? question mark, or ° degree symbol on the list.

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