Special characters

Special characters are a selection of punctuation on a standard keyboard that are frequently used in passwords and sometimes in directories. Be explicit when referring to special characters. Use the following format when writing about them in text: the pipe ( | ) character, the at ( @ ) symbol.

Special character What to call it
` Backtick
~ Tilde
! Exclamation point
@ At symbol
# Pound sign
$ Dollar sign
% Percent sign
^ Caret
& Ampersand
* Asterisk
( Left parenthesis
) Right parenthesis
Dash, hyphen, minus sign
_ Underscore
= Equal sign
+ Plus sign
[ Left bracket
{ Left brace
] Right bracket
} Right brace
\ Backslash
| Pipe, vertical bar
; Semicolon
: Colon
Single quotation mark
Double quotation mark
, Comma
< Less than, left-pointing angle bracket
. Period
> Greater than, right-pointing angle bracket
/ Forward slash
? Question mark
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