Keyboard shortcut to make this symbol: |

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mgpg89, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    #1
    Can anyone tell me what the keyboard shortcut is to make the following symbol: |

    And while we're at it, the shortcuts to square brackets as well :)
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    This symbol |?

    It is directly above the Return key, next to the square brackets.

    (US QWERTY Keyboard)
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    You might have to tell us what keyboard layout you have []| are all on my keyboard (MBP UK keyboard) as standard...
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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  5. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Belgian keyboard lay-out (AZERTY)

    I first thought this was an attempt trying to be funny. Then I realised some international keyboards do have the buttons I'm missing
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    I didn't even think about international at first, but I found this ...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Azerty_fr.svg

    | appears to be on the 6

    And the [] appear on the 5 and next to 0 respectively.
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    #7

    Square brackets are ALT + SHIFT + ( or )
    and
    | is ALT + SHIFT + L


    For future usage, if you click on the flag in the menu bar you can bring up the keyboard layout viewer.
    Holding down the various modifier keys shows you the layout:
    Picture 2.png
     
  8. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Thanks !!!|!!! ;)
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

    r.j.s

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    So, is the layout in the picture I found right? or are French and Belgian AZERTYs different?
     
  10. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    show character palette and show keyboard viewer are great little helpers.

    wow if your brackets are 5 and 0 that sucks.
     
  11. mgpg89 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    mgpg89

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    Yup, our keyboard lay-out is ridiculous.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    wow ******,
    do you know how to turn char palete and keyboard viewer?
    its in sys preff > Personal, International > Input Menu

    then click the first and last one
    you can also change your keyboard layout here.
     
  13. Jeroen macrumors newbie

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    #13
    Let go of azerty if you're flemish and go for US qwerty.

    mgpg89,

    I don't know if you're flemish or walloon. This goes for if you're flemish. You could consider ditching azerty and going for US qwerty. Think about it, how often do you type french anyway? How close are you to the dutch border compared to where they speak french in Belgium? We only have azerty because of the french-speaking ones. So we get a bad keyboard layout because of historical reasons. At least on qwerty you don't need a shift to type numbers. You lose a whole row of keys on an azerty keyboard on less commonly used characters. I bet you need to type digits a lot more often than the symbols on there.

    If you have a macbook you're a bit screwed as you can't easily switch your keyboard there. But if you have an iMac... go for US qwerty. You can even ditch the numpad as you'll be typing without trouble on the digits-row. The return key will be nice and horizontal like on other qwerty keyboards. These keys will be available: ~, `, \, |, [, {, ] and } without problem.

    As you seem to need these you look like a programmer to me. Another reason for using US qwerty is the fact that typing a dot doesn't need the shift key.

    So, if you're flemish, and certainly if you're a coder. Let go of azerty, it's sub-optimal for typing an definitely for programming. Go for US qwerty (not the normal apple qwerty but US qwerty).

    Should you need an accent egu or grave or circonflex or umlaut/trede... These are all rather easy to type on a qwerty. There's logic behind the key-combos for these and they work system-wide (as opposed to other Operating Systems where different applications need different combos for the same symbol)

    Greeting,

    Jeroen.
     

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