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    Question ~ ` Key
    Guys, I was wondering what the little sign on the ~ key is for. I mean this one:

    `

    In many languages such as French, Italian and Spanish we use these sort of accents (that one looks like a grave accent, to call it by its name really), but if you have an English/American keyboard you will need some special characters to be able to type e and a with that sort of accent on. So, if it is the grave accent, here are two questions:

    a- where have they put its opposite accent on the keyboard?
    b- how do I get it on the actual vowel? Because if I type "proble`me" it is not the same as the accent of the e where it should be.

    It looks like one of the signs that we use in phonetics and not the grave accent. Anyone knows? Thanks!
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    Hi hon,

    I'm not sure if this is what you mean

    To get the accents, you need to use the Option key (Alt) with the letter you wish to accent, e.g.:

    Option + E = (example: Option + e, release Option and press e = )
    Option + ` = ` (example: Option + a, release Option and press a = )
    Option + i = ^ (example: Option + i, release Option and press i = )
    Option + u = (example: Option + u, release Option and press o = )
    Option + c =

    Hope this helps if this is indeed what you meant :flower: It's quite inituitive after a while.

    There are others such as Option + r = and Option + g = .

    :flower:

    Just to add, to type problme, you'd type:

    probl (option + `) eme

    Vicky

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    ~ means home directory.
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    hey could be worse, you could be using IRC and not find the # key hahaha like i did (alt + 3 if you didnt know)


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    Quote Originally Posted by the_New_guy
    ~ means home directory.
    ~ means tilde, it represents the home directory in Terminal. You don't get to the home directory by pressing the ~-key.

    Actually, to avoid all those accent troubles (I need to type in English, German and French) I use a Swiss keyboard...where the most used accented vowels are accessible immediately. :cool:

    Though to type ~, I need to press Option-n and space... neye:

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    Chappies and Vicky especially, thanks, this is exactly what I need. I also considered changing the keyboard for writing in all those languages that need the accents, but the shortcuts above will do just fine. Maybe I should change the keyboard because I cannot see half of the letters on the keys anymore?! ;-)
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    No problem, glad I could help :flower: Sounds like you could do with a new keyboard though!

    Vicky

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil
    No problem, glad I could help :flower: Sounds like you could do with a new keyboard though!

    Vicky
    I guess Vicky is right, Stephanella, you need a new keyboard... :cool:
    You could get a new English one for your iBook and an external Swiss keyboard for the foreign typing.
    Or, if you want a new challenge, try a French one (AZERTY instead of QWERTY), it'll drive you nuts... :p

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