Computer Keyboard Special Characters Reference

Computer Keyboard Special Characters are often used in Computers today, sometimes without even being aware of using them. We use Special Characters in passwords we create, and often in programming languages such as python, php, bash, as well as on the linux terminal or windows command line. Following is a reference you can use to describe what those special keyboard characters are and how we can use them.

Key / Symbol


~ Tilde. (often used in DNS SPF records e.g ~all)
` Acute, back quote, grave, grave accent, left quote, open quote, or a push.
! Exclamation mark, exclamation point, or bang. (e.g !386 (pronounced "bang three eight six")
@ Ampersat, arobase, asperand, at, or at symbol.
# Octothorpe, number, pound, sharp, or hash.
$ Dollar sign or generic currency.
% Percent.
^ Caret or circumflex.
& Ampersand, epershand, or and symbol.
* Asterisk, mathematical multiplication symbol, and sometimes referred to as star.
( Open or left parenthesis.
) Close or right parenthesis.
- Hyphen, minus, or dash.
_ Underscore.
+ Plus.
= Equal.
{ Open brace, squiggly brackets, or curly bracket.
} Close brace, squiggly brackets, or curly bracket.
[ Open bracket.
] Closed bracket.
| Pipe, or, or vertical bar. Often used in Linux to extend a command. (e.g. history | grep vpn)
\ Backslash or reverse solidus.
/ Forward slash, solidus, virgule, whack, and mathematical division symbol.
: Colon. Sometimes used in browsers to access a different port on a webserver. (e.g.
; 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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