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I'm using Windows 7 system with an Italian keyboard layout

italian layout

As you can see this layout miss the tilde ~ character and the backtick character. Btw backtick is not so important because I can emulate it in bash script using $( and ). The problem is that every time I need the tilde I have to hold Alt and type 1 2 6 (i.e. its ASCII code), it's boring! And I need it not only in CygWin, but also in GNU R, in eclipse, and much more.

Have you have had this problem with an not-US layout? Is there any fastest way to type the tilde?

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Personally I'd just buy a US or UK keyboard and be done with it. Or just configure your machine to have a US or UK layout and put stickers on the keys that differ. Also, this is off-topic here on Stack Overflow. –  David Heffernan Dec 18 '12 at 17:11
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Second that. Set the keyboard's locale to international and you will gain the tilde. Just do not look at the keyboard while typing, since it may get confusing. -- ALternatively you might remap a key which rarely gets used (e.g. capslock, or the windows key). –  Hennes Dec 18 '12 at 17:59
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According to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964651.aspx there's a layout called "Italian (142)", which has ` and ~ accessible via AltGr.

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