The computer keyboard is essential to enter characters, numbers, and special characters into your computer. We are all familiar with the QWERTY layout of a modern computer keyboard. The QWERTY name comes from the order of the first six keyboard keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard. This layout was devised and created in the early 1870s by Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor, printer, and also is the inventor of the first typewriter. In our day to day life, we used different symbols and special characters on our computer keyboard to perform various tasks. But most of us don’t know the keyboard symbols names and meanings of our computer keyboard. There is not much use to remember all the names of keyboard symbols names for our day to day activities. But things may change if you want to explain a technical problem in your keyboard to a technician. Sometimes, you may have to mention the name of keyboard keys in your conversation. Here is the list of common computer keyboard symbols and its meaning in plain English.

Keyboard Symbols Names and Meanings
For programmers, these symbols are essential for their coding purpose. In anyways, for coding purposes, or want to discuss technical problems with an expert, or just want to learn the keyboard symbol names, here is a list of the symbols that commonly available in a computer keyboard.

                  Symbol                                Name
                     &ampersand or and
                      apostrophe or single quote
                     `back quote
                    { }braces or curly braces
                    [ ]brackets
                     }close brace
                     ]close bracket
                    )close parenthesis
                   !exclamation  mark
                   >greater than
                   <less than
                   –minus or hyphen
                  {open brace
                  [open bracket
                  (open parenthesis
                 ( )parenthesis
                   |pipe or bar
                  #pound or number sign or sharp or hash
                  /slash or forward slash
                   ?Question Mark
                   .Period, dot or Full Stop
            F1 to F12Function keys (what are function keys)
Symbols in Keyboard – Explanation and its use
                  Keys                                Name
Esc Escape Key
Windows logoWindows Key
DeleteDelete Key
BackspaceBackspace Key
TabTab Key
Caps LockCaps Lock Key
ShiftShift Key
CtrlControl Key
AltAlternate Key(Windows); Option Key (Mac)
Print Scrn (prt sc)Print screen
Num lockNumber lock key to enable/disable numeric pad
Scroll LockScroll lock key to stop scrolling of text
Pause/BreakPause/Break key to temporarily halt
Page UpPage up Key
Page DownPage down Key
InsertInsert Key
HomeHome key to return cursor to the beginning
EnterEnter Key
EndEnd key to move the cursor to the end
Command keyApple Mac computers
SpacebarSpace key for creating empty spaces
ArrowsUp, down, left, right arrow keys
Keyboard Keys explanation and uses

This chart helps you to identify symbols, each keyboard key, and its use. Do you take too much time to complete a task on your computer or on your word processor? To take a screenshot of your desktop you can use the Printscreen button to capture the visible area of your screen.  You must learn these essential keyboard shortcuts to use your computer like a pro. You can read keyboard Key Names and Functions of Every Key to know the keyboard key names and its usage. Can you give some other uses of the keyboard symbols?


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  1. Hi i like keyboard short cuts and symbol names beacuse you guys you are trying i like your page thanks


  2. I like your page because it helps me look more professional to use the names of keyboard symbols correctly when necessay in written correspondence. THANK YOU!

  3. I didn’t see this character: ‘¬’

  4. first of all I would like to thank for creating this, I learn some thing which is more important for me. before I visit this I don’t know about how to pronounce the symbols, thanks for your work….

  5. Help me on button
    “CTRL+[Num+] ?

  6. No . period, ? question mark, or ° degree symbol on the list.

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