Shortcut to Type Backslash Symbol on Keyboard (\)

The Backslash Symbol (\) is a character that you cannot easily type on the keyboard. This is only possible when you use a shortcut. Though some keyboards have a dedicated key for it.

On this page, you’ll learn how to find the backslash key on your keyboard and some of the shortest possible ways you can use to insert this symbol including the keyboard shortcuts.

You can also use the button below to copy and paste this symbol for free.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

The Backslash Symbol quickest Shortcuts

The shortcut to type the Backslash Symbol is [ALT] + 92 for Windows and [Option] + [Shift] + [7] for Mac. To use the Windows shortcut, press down the [ALT] key and type 92 using the numeric keypad. For Mac, simultaneously press and hold the ‘Option’ and the ‘Shift’ keys then hit once on the ‘7’ key.

backslash symbol shortcuts

These are the quickest shortcuts for both Windows and Mac that can be used to type the Backslash Symbol in any text editor like Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Now let’s dive into the rest of the sections that explain these shortcuts into detail plus some other amazing options.

Find Backslash key on the Keyboard

Some keyboards fail to print the backslash symbol on the backslash key making it difficult to identify. But it is always available somewhere.

If you keyboard has the backslash key visible, just hit on it if you need to type this symbol.

However, if you don’t have this symbol visible, how can you identify it?

The Backslash key, on most keyboards, is placed near the Enter key. So, look for it by testing the keys before, above, and below the Enter key. On the Mac keyboard, it is placed directly above the Return key.

Below are pictures showing you where to locate the Backslash key on some of the popular keyboards.

backslash symbol on windows
Backslash symbol key on Windows
backslash symbol key on Windows
Backslash symbol key on Windows
backslash symbol key on Mac
Backslash symbol key on Mac

Using the Backslash Symbol ALT Code

The Backslash symbol ALT code shortcut is [ALT] + 92.

Related Post: How to Use Alt Codes on Keyboard

backslash symbol alt code shortcut for Windows

You can use the character code to type in the Backslash Symbol and any other symbol. This code is well known as the ALT code. And it is used to type symbols that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard.

Below are the steps you can use to easily type this symbol using the ALT code method.

  • Click your cursor where you need to type or insert the symbol.
  • Press and Hold down the [ALT] key.
  • Whilst still holding on to the [ALT] key, type the Backslash symbol ALT code (92) using the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • Then release the [ALT] key to get the symbol.

As soon as you release the [ALT] key after typing the ALT code, the symbol will be typed into your document.

These are the steps you may take when it comes to using the Backslash Symbol ALT code.

Using the Backslash Symbol Shortcut for Mac

The Backslash Symbol shortcut for Mac is [Option] + [Shift] + [7] or [Option] + [7] or [Option] + [Shift] + [/]

backslash symbol shortcut on Mac

If are using the Mac OS, you can easily do the Backslash Symbol on your keyboard using this shortcut. To do this,

  • Click to place your cursor where you need the Backslash sign.
  • Simultaneously press and hold the [Option] and the [Shift] keys.
  • Whilst holding down these keys, press once on the [7] key.

As soon as you hit the [7] key whilst holding to the Option and the Shift keys, the symbol will be inserted exactly where you placed your cursor.

This is just another shortcut you can use to type this symbol on Mac.

Using Copy and Paste Method

Below is the ‘Backslash Symbol’ if you wish to copy and paste it into your document.


This is the shortest shortcut if you love to copy and paste symbols.

All you need to do is select the symbol on the web or the character map, then hit Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to where you need it, and hit Ctrl+V to paste.

If you are on Windows, below are the steps to copy and paste the Backslash Symbol using the character map.

  • Click on the Start button or key.
  • Start typing Character Map to search for the app.
searching for the Character Map on Windows
  • You should see the Character Map app in the search results. Click on it to launch it.
  • Once the Character Map is opened, click to check the Advanced view checkbox to expand for more options.
Click to check the character map Advanced view checkbox
  • On the Advanced view panel, you’ll see a search bar. Type  Reverse Solidus in the search bar, then hit enter to search for the symbol.
copy backslash symbol on character map
  • Once the symbol appears, double click on it to select it. If the symbol appears in the Characters to copy box, it means it has been selected.
  • When selected, click on the copy button to copy it into your clipboard. You can close the Character Map now.
  • Switch over to the application where you need the symbol, place your cursor at the right place, and hit Ctrl+V to paste the copied symbol.

And there you go.

These are the steps you may follow to copy and paste the Backslash Symbol anywhere on Windows using the character map.

Using Insert Symbol in MS Office

The Symbol window is a library of all the symbols available on a PC. The feature is available on all the Microsoft Office apps including MS Word and Excel.

Obey the below steps to easily find and insert the Backslash Symbol using the symbol library in Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint.

  • Click to position the cursor at the place where you want to insert the symbol in the document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Insert tab in Microsoft Word
  • In the Symbols group, select Symbol > More Symbols.
More Symbol button in MS Word

The Symbol dialog box will appear as shown below;

Symbol Window in Word
  • On the Symbols tab, make sure that the Font selection is set to the desired font. For more decorative symbols, choose Webdings, the Wingdings, or Symbol.
  • Scroll down until you see the desired symbol, and then click it. Or click the desired symbol in the Recently used symbols list.
  • To easily locate the Backslash Symbol, type 005C in the Character Code box at the lower section of the window. The symbol will appear selected.
insert backslash symbol in Word
  • Click Insert, and then close the window.

Using the Insert Symbol Method, these are the steps involved.


As you can see in the above options, there are several shortcuts to insert or type the Backslash Symbol anywhere for both Windows or Mac.

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