Special Characters

There are some characters that are not commonly used when writing regular text, but that appear often when programming or using mathematics applications; your hands should know where to find these characters.

On some keyboards the symbols are printed on the keys, making them somewhat easy to find;

Danish Keyboard

other keyboards, on the other hand, look beautiful on your desk but require Google to use.

Swedish Mac Keyboard

When using Windows or Linux, you will find most of the special characters by pressing the alt-key. To get a curly left-bracket "{", press Alt+7. The hat-symbol "^" will not appear until you press the next key or space.

Writing code using a non-american Mac keyboard

This is a list of how to find the most common special characters when using a non-american Mac keyboard. The Alt-key is also called Option-key.

Alt+Shift +/
Alt+Shift +(
Alt+Shift +)

Typing backslash "\" in IDLE when using a non-american Mac keyboard

The regular Alt+Shift+/ will probably result in nothing, if typing it in IDLE on a Mac using a non-american keyboard. In order to get a backslash, do following:

Choose IDLE->Preferences... and pick the Keys-tab. Go down to the "expand-word"-row and click on the "Get New Keys for Selection"-button.


Pick some new keys for "expand-word" and press Ok.


Enter a name for a new Custom Key Set.


further ranting:

Ash Searle's Blog I hate my Macbook Pro

Danish keyboard image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KB_Danish.svg

by Malin Christersson under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Sweden License