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    I am using the white apple keyboard bought new this year. I am trying to type the forward slash key but it wont work. If I press the shift key and the forward slash key I can do this "|", but i can just have the forward slash?????

    Any ideas why?

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    \\\\\\\\&# 092;\\\\\\\&#09 2;\\\ press the key :huh:

    edit: just showing off :P It's weird that it will work when you press shift but not wothout. Can you plug in another keyboard to try it?
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    yes that is the key and it wont work? it does if I press shift

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    Err, where are you trying to type it? Can you type it up in the browser bar?

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    no iam using word.....i have also tried another txt program and here see now ||||||

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    amni - have you tried a different keyboard? Does a reboot fix the issue?
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    i will try reboot

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    You should also check to see what keyboard setup you are using under the system preferences... make sure you are using the appropriate keyboard setting for your keyboard (US for most keyboards bought in Australia).

    Changing this can lead to some weird patterns of keys not working.
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    Just FYI, you're talking about the backslash key.

    Backslash: \
    Forward slash: /

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    I'm pretty sure it's the other way around?

    Backslash: /
    Forwardslash: \
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    Originally posted by Febs@Oct 20 2005, 01:11 PM
    Just FYI, you're talking about the backslash key.

    Backslash: \
    Forward slash: /

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    *off topic*

    I am always getting those 2 mixed up. :P It's like Inever know if to use ; or , or " and '

    sorry, back to the topic
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    o noes!!!

    /\/\/\/\/\/\
    slash-slash-slash


    it seems, based on this: http://www.zyra.org.uk/fwdslash.htm
    that there is no such thing as a forwardslash, it's just a slash.

    as far as i was concerned before that article, Febs was 100% correct. Chr1s is 100% wrong regardless.

    i think "forwardslash" though, is a better word as it isn't ambiguous.
    in any case...

    slash / forwardslash = /
    backslash = \
    pipe = |

    (the backslash leans backwards, a pipe is vertical, a slash/forwardslash leans forwards. chr1s, how a backslash could lean forwards i don't know&#33
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    when i did the reboot the screen when all cut up, i tried again, no go. Luckliy I am above a Mac shop so i have taken it in to be fixed....i am a bit worried about the reboot choppy screen now :-(
    ....i rebooted again and no choppy image, but the key still doesnt work

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    Originally posted by cmetom@Oct 20 2005, 01:21 PM
    chr1s, how a backslash could lean forwards i don't know!
    hehe. I don't know! I just remember people saying "backslash, backslash" whenever they were reading out a URL that started with http://

    ... Or maybe that was "forwardslash, forwardslash"

    hmmm.....
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    2 questions:

    1: I'm not sure if you answered this one, but have you hit the key WITHOUT using SHIFT. ie: just the key by itself??? that is how you get that character, just a key-stroke. no shift required.
    2: What font are you using. some fonts don't have the ful compliment of characters (or glyphs)?

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    Originally posted by amni@Oct 20 2005, 01:25 PM
    when i did the reboot the screen when all cut up, i tried again, no go. Luckliy I am above a Mac shop so i have taken it in to be fixed....i am a bit worried about the reboot choppy screen now :-(
    ....i rebooted again and no choppy image, but the key still doesnt work
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    i did hit the key without shift...i took it to mac people and it didnt work then it did. This is my only keyboard so i NEED it for work!!!'


    This is the 2nd thing I have had to take back to Apple now in 3 weeks all my stuff is only 5 months old...

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    cool. or rather spewing, with the no-shift thing.

    and the FONT you are using??

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    Chr1s, nope, it's definitely the way I described.

    One way to remember it:

    When reading out a URL, you say "aich tee tee pee colon forwardslash forwardslash"

    and when reading out a Windows share you say "backslash backslash sharename"



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    font = arial

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