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How do I type tick and backtick on Windows?

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It depends on your keyboard. On my (UK) keyboard the backtick ` is on the key immediately to the left of the 1 (assuming that's the character you mean). Not sure what you mean by the tick character though. –  ChrisF Mar 6 '11 at 23:08
What keyboard layout do you have? For US QWERTY, the backtick is they key to the left of the numeral "1". There is no "tick", but you may mean the single quote which on a US QWERTY keyboard is between the Enter key and the semicolon. –  Dennis Williamson Mar 6 '11 at 23:10
I need to know this for the screen based Windows 8 keyboard, so I have asked this again specifically about that keyboard: superuser.com/q/663134/166855 –  dumbledad Oct 23 '13 at 9:38

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QWERTY and QWERTZ (Key that's been marked with red border. It's a dead key by default.)


AZERTY France (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border)


AZERTY Belgium (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border)

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AZERTY Belgium (Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border)

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Alt codes

There are no forwardtick keys available for the other keyboards, however an alt code exists (Hold left Alt and type the numbers on your num pad). The below codes should work on any keyboard.

Alt + 96 = `
Alt + 239 = ´
Alt + 39 = '

So if you want an ', you do the following: Hold left Alt, press 3, release 3 but still hold Alt, press 9, release 9, release Alt.

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Visual aids, for a multitude of keyboard layouts, win. +1 –  Ian Boyd Mar 6 '11 at 23:57
@IanBoyd Thanks! ;) –  BloodPhilia Mar 6 '11 at 23:58
@indiv Thanks! I corrected it. –  BloodPhilia Mar 7 '11 at 10:11

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