How do I type tick and backtick on Windows?

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    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. Mar 6, 2011 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, 2013 at 9:38
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    What you are looking for is an acute accent (´). Feb 18, 2015 at 4:54
  • @JakeGould Interestingly enough the post you mention actually doesn't have the proper "alt code" for acute accent.
    – Goblinlord
    Feb 18, 2015 at 5:24
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    On my Turkish QWERTY keyboard, when I press Alt-Gr + ,, it writes backtick`, Mar 31, 2016 at 7:50

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Backtick (grave accent)


Key that’s been marked with red border. It’s a dead key by default.


This also applies to the Slovak QWERTZ layout.

QWERTZ Germany & Austria

Shift + Key that's been marked with red border

German QWERTZ layout

QWERTZ Switzerland

Shift + Key that's been marked with a red border

Swiss QWERTZ layout

QWERTZ Czech Republic and South Slavic Latin (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene)

Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border

Czech QWERTZ layout

QWERTZ Hungary

Alt Gr + Key that's been marked with red border

Hungarian QWERTZ layout


Alt Gr + Key that’s been marked with red border


AZERTY Belgium

Alt Gr + Key that’s been marked with red border

AZERTY Belgium

Forwardtick (acute accent)

AZERTY Belgium

Alt Gr + Key that’s been marked with red border

AZERTY Belgium

Alt codes

There may not be 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 + 0180 = ´
  • 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.

Unicode Character 'ACUTE ACCENT'

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    -1 u put all this effort in getting the images,even a red border aroudn the key,but the relevant mark on the key is so tiny it's hard2see what it is and in some cases look like a dot or dirt on my screen!They r extremely unclear images with a highlighted border around a key creating the illusion of clarity cos normally a highlight around an area clearly shows the thing it is around.i'm not even sure that'forwardtick'is a proper name. And the pictures just show specks! That red speck on the belgium keyboard key has a black speck too.I can only just ascertain which direction red speck is going
    – barlop
    Sep 30, 2014 at 21:16
  • And the french keyboard image with the 7 and the e, and a tiny tiny little speck, that is the worst of all the bad pics you have there. Even clicking the image doesn't help in ascertaining what that character -you have highlighted- is!! Makes me wonder why you even bothered to highlight it. You may as well have said hit the 7 key it has a tick going one way or the other, that you want. Reading your answer carefully I see the french one is a bad tick , from titled backtick at the top, but the image doesn't help at all in showing whether it's back or forward.
    – barlop
    Sep 30, 2014 at 21:21
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    @barlop it's about the location which should be the same on all keyboards of the same localisation.
    – Pylsa
    Oct 1, 2014 at 22:05
  • what is 0180? What character is that? May 24, 2019 at 2:12
  • for the lazy that do not want to read the linked wiki article: press space after you’ve typed the backtick to have it typed/shown
    – bugybunny
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:19

Italian - Italy keyboard have no backtick key assigned.

...but it can be easily added by creating a new keyboard layout with Microsoft Keyboard layout Creator

I suggest to map it like in Linux with the AltGr+? key combination.

  1. Install & run
  2. Add key ALT+096 on the AltGr+? key combination
  3. Generate setup
  4. Launch setup and install the new keyboard
  5. Select the new keyboard layout from Language and keyboard in Windows control panel
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    There is also Italian 142 keyboard that has backtick.
    – CarLaTeX
    Jan 18, 2022 at 11:37
  • @CarLaTeX correct it is AltGr + ù but it also messes up the default AltGr keys
    – Enos
    Jun 11, 2022 at 9:31
  • @Enos Yes, but it's a matter of habit, I use it without problems.
    – CarLaTeX
    Jun 11, 2022 at 10:40

On a Hungarian keyboard the backtick character is available via AltGr+7 (RightAlt+7).


On German keyboard, backtick ´ is on the left to backspace , or right to ß key.

You need to press that key and then press space to show up the ´ character.

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  • For the backtick (ASCII 96, 0x60), you have to combine this key with the Shift key. What you are actually describing is the acute accent.
    – Wolf
    Sep 29, 2022 at 13:01

On Brazilian ABNT2 keyboards, the back tick key is the key between P and the key which has these symbols [/{.

It is also know as grave accent. To use it, press Shift + ` and then space.

Brazilian Portuguese translation:

Também é conhecido como acento grave. Para usá-lo, pressione Shift + ` e então Sace.


Norwegian keyboards has the backtick as a dead character. Press Shift + the key left of the Backspace.

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While Num Lock is enabled hold Alt and type 0180 on the keypad then release the Alt key. This will result in a forwardtick/acute accent.


Qwerty-latinoamericano layout:

Hold Alt Gr and press twice the button that has these symbols: ]}

Full shortcut:

AltGr + ]} x 2

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  • Thank you very much.
    – Dan Ortega
    Apr 20, 2021 at 15:34

Fancy Logitech keyboard:

right Fn + Top left key.


The answer was missing for the Spanish keyboard.  It is: AltGr+}.


Spanish - Spain: QWERTY keyboard layout (slightly different to Latin American Spanish layout)

Its the default value for the key marked with [ althoughit is still a dead key

QWERTY keyboard layout - Spanish (Spain)


QWERTZ: On my keyboard the acute accent is at AltGr + 9: ´

Accepted answer's key gives me ¸

QWERTZ layout

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