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I have a document open in Word 2007 on Windows XP running within Vmware Fusion, hosted from Mac OS X 10.5 and using a UK keyboard. How do I enter the #(hash) key? I'm reduced to choosing it from the Insert>Symbol menu item.

I've already tried Alt-3, Ctrl-Alt-3, Cmd-Alt-3 without any luck.

Edit: I'm on a Macbook. I'm running Vmware Fusion 2.0.4(159196).

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For this kind of question can you use the <kdb> HTML tag for the keys: e.g: <kbd>Alt</kbd>+<kbd>3</kbd> – teabot Aug 18 '09 at 11:54
Thanks. Edited now. – nagul Aug 18 '09 at 13:50

The Hash key (#) is effectively entered by using Alt+3 (either left or right). However, under Windows XP and VMWare Fussion, Left Alt is probably mapped to Windows Alt (which wouldn't be the same).

Therefore I suggest you try with the right alt on your Mac, and then 3 (which should print the # symbol).

This works on my Spanish keyboard, but as far as I can remember, US Layout has the same symbols under the numbers (or most of them). I can only imagine that UK layout is more or less the same thing, sans a few differences.

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The UK laptop keyboards don't have a right alt key. The question doesn't mention a model type, so this may not be a solution if it's a laptop – dbr Aug 18 '09 at 14:52
I'm on a Macbook, and no this solution didn't work for me. – nagul Aug 18 '09 at 17:18
Didn't work for me :-( – HaggleLad Nov 13 '12 at 14:40

Shift + 3 works for me. I am using a Mac bought in the UK, so the keyboard may differ. I use VMWare Fusion 4.10 and Windows 7 32 bit. This did work in notepad though.

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I've managed to get it to work by pressing CMD-\

I've then mapped Alt-3 to CMD-\ using the VMWare fusion options

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Works on a UK MacbookPro – digiguru Jun 23 '15 at 12:25
2nded - this works on VMWare Fusion/Win8.1/UK – scgough Jun 24 '15 at 8:17

Found it after about 2 hours of trying...

For UK Mac users running windows the # "hash key" is the "backslash key" next to the enter key.

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