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Old 09-18-2010, 07:41 PM
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Default What is the function of the ` key

In your standard qwerty keyboard sold in America, there is this ` key in the top left corner below the escape key.

Before you answer please keep in mind that I know it is not:
  1. for quoting: this is for quotes "
  2. an apostrophe: this is an apotrophe '
  3. used for character accent like , , , , because there is no way you can put it on the a, e, i, o, u WITHOUT changing the keyboard configuration thus defeating the purpose of having it on the keyboard.
  4. the mathematical symbol for prime because this is the prime in action: f′(x)
  5. for time (as in minutes or seconds since it's backwards) 3′ 5″
  6. the ditto mark because THIS (〃) is a ditto mark

So what is it or what is it's purpose? Supposedly it is a grave accent; however there is no way, that I know of, to put the grave accent over the vowels through the American configuration of the keyboard.
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Old 09-19-2010, 05:58 AM
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Default Re: What is the function of the ` key

For most people, it's just a typically spare key that's occasionally used for misc things (such as bringing up the console in Half-Life/Source-based games). The ~ is used in some UNIX functions, and in C (and variants).

The ` is only really used in some programming languages (particularly PHP and MySQL).

Other than that, they have no real use.
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Old 09-19-2010, 12:56 PM
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Default Re: What is the function of the ` key

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In your standard qwerty keyboard sold in America, there is this ` key in the top left corner below the escape key.

Before you answer please keep in mind that I know it is not:
  1. for quoting: this is for quotes "
  2. an apostrophe: this is an apotrophe '
  3. used for character accent like , , , , because there is no way you can put it on the a, e, i, o, u WITHOUT changing the keyboard configuration thus defeating the purpose of having it on the keyboard.
  4. the mathematical symbol for prime because this is the prime in action: f′(x)
  5. for time (as in minutes or seconds since it's backwards) 3′ 5″
  6. the ditto mark because THIS (〃) is a ditto mark

So what is it or what is it's purpose? Supposedly it is a grave accent; however there is no way, that I know of, to put the grave accent over the vowels through the American configuration of the keyboard.
Actually it can function as the grave symbol in word documents by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the ' key and whatever vowel you would like to put the symbol on while still holding the Ctrl key. The sqme happens with the ~ to make .
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Actually it can function as the grave symbol in word documents by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the ' key and whatever vowel you would like to put the symbol on while still holding the Ctrl key. The sqme happens with the ~ to make .
Oh wow it worked; only in Word though. Mystery solved. But still, at least now I know it has a function.

I did the as well but is there a way to do it lowercase?
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Oh wow it worked; only in Word though. Mystery solved. But still, at least now I know it has a function.

I did the as well but is there a way to do it lowercase?
Haven't tested one yet but I suppose of you release the shift key after doing the tilde and press the n key should produce an .
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