Instructions: Enter slash, backslash and vertical bar on the Mac

If you want to enter a slash, a simple vertical line or a mirrored slash on the Apple Mac, then you need certain key combinations. The slash, which is also known as a slash and is used, for example, as a divided symbol, as well as the backslash or the vertical line (pipe) can all be entered under macOS in combination with the 7 key on the Mac keyboard. In addition to entering data on Apple computers, you will also find instructions for entering data under Microsoft Windows below.

Enter forward slash on Mac

This is the easiest key combination because this special character is already drawn in on the Mac keyboard. Just like on the Windows keyboard on the PC, the character is entered with the Shift key and the 7-number key. The slash is therefore a simple second assignment of this key; also under macOS from Apple.

Slash / enter: The slash key combination on the Mac is Shift + 7.

Slash / enter: The slash key combination on the Mac is Shift + 7.

Enter backslash \ backslash \ mirrored slash on the Mac

If you want to enter a backslash on the Mac keyboard, another key is added to the combination shown above. The backslash key combination is: Alt + Shift + 7. If you want to enter the special character under Windows, you will find it already drawn on the keyboard next to the ß. Accordingly, you press Alt + ß on the PC for the backslash. 

Enter backslash \: The backslash key combination on the Mac is Alt + Shift + 7.

Enter backslash \: The backslash key combination on the Mac is Alt + Shift + 7.

Vertical line | Pipe | Enter vertical bar on the Mac

In order to be able to enter the vertical line on the Mac, you now have to remove a key from the key combination. The pipe shortcut on macOS is Alt + 7. The pipe is used in various situations and publications: in dictionaries, in YouTube titles, in math, in physics, and so on. Under Windows, the symbol can be seen on the <and> key. Just press Alt + <. 

Pipe | Enter: The keyboard shortcut for the vertical bar on the Mac is Alt + 7.

Pipe | Enter: The keyboard shortcut for the vertical bar on the Mac is Alt + 7.

Alternative divided symbol: Enter the middle line on the Mac

Now you know how to do it on the Mac / and \ and | entered. But if you don't want to use the first slash because you want to represent the division with the dot-dash-dot combination, for example in a mathematical equation, then that is also possible. The so-called middle line ÷ is entered with the following key combination: Alt + Shift +. (Point). 

Enter the divided sign ÷: The center bar key combination on the Mac is Shift + Alt + period.

Enter the divided sign ÷: The center bar key combination on the Mac is Shift + Alt + period.

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