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Cannot get backslash (\) character to display

When I hit the backslash key I get #.

Have tried various key combinations.

Have also tried hitting # instead but still no luck.

Need it to enter into command prompt.

Help please, thanks.

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  • Chaswey Mar 16, 2008

    Have changed regional settings to English (UK) but still no luck.

    Do I need to select something different under Keyboards i.e. number of keys etc.?

  • Chaswey Mar 16, 2008

    No, the keyboard is not UK (physical) layout.

    It has # above 3, @ above 2, " above ' etc.

    The IBM laptop has the \ key on the right above Enter. On the key above \ is something that looks like a colon.

    Changed it to UK in settings and now get £ above 3, @ above ' etc.

    It now gets weirder.

    When I tried the \ the # symbol still came up.

    Fiddled around with key combinations and hey presto it suddenly gave me the \.

    Great, opened DOS prompt, went to enter \ and got #.

    So, some sort of key combination DOES work.

    Kicking myself now because I didn't make a note of each one after I tried it.

  • Patrick Michaels
    Patrick Michaels May 11, 2010

    well..maybe it's an IBM innovation(NOT)..sounds like you have a bad keyborad of motherboard, eh?



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To get a backslash, you need to print the upper ascii character 92 (decimal). On most machines you can get upper ascii characters by holding down the Alt key and typing the decimal value on the numeric keypad. On the little IBM machine I'm typing this on, there is no numeric keypad, but if I switch on numlock (by doing shift-scroll-lock) the j-k-l keys become 1-2-3 etc. Now id I hold down Alt and type 92 (i.e.keys 9-k), this is what I get: \ Howzzat?.

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Is the keyboard UK [with a £ symbol over the three]? or US with a $ symbol over the three? Set your regional settings for the appropriate keyboard, open control panel - regional and language options - select the languages tab then on details. Check in the list of installed services that it has the correct keyboard language [if not add it] and remove any incorrect keyboard languages. Be sure to click on apply and ok and then close the window. A reboot may be necessary to ensure the correct keyboard type is in operation.

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I have us gateway laptop using in uk on english settings backslash key shows#

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