The at sign @

On a standard Windows computer and a German keyboard setting the @ can be written with the key command [alt gr] + [q]. To do this, hold down the [alt gr] key at the bottom right next to the space bar and press the [q] key at the top left. Using this shortcode you can write the at even on laptops.

On a Swiss-German keyboard the third assignment of the digit 2 – i.e. [alt gr] + [2] leads to the goal. If the keyboard was (unintentionally) changed, the at sign American keyboard with the key combination [Shift] + [2] an at-character.

Key combination: at-sign – altgr + q

If the [alt gr] key does not work for some reason, the key combination [ctrl] + [alt] + [q] usually leads to the same result, even if some applications prevent this by other assignments.

Alt code for an at sign

Many special characters can be entered under Windows with pressed Alt key and a number code over the number block. For the @ this would be [alt] + [6] + [4]. To do this, hold down [alt] on the left and press [6] and [4] on the right on the numpad (not in the upper number row) one after the other. If you now let go of [alt], the @-sign is written.

Key combination for @ under Apple Mac OS

On most Mac keyboards the at-sign is not displayed. Apple users have to remember the command [alt] + [L] to insert an @ in text. This key combination is of course also valid on the Mac Book.

Copy @ character

Also a way to insert an @ sign somewhere quickly is to simply copy this. Just click on the copy button here and paste it with the keyboard shortcut [ctrl] + [v] or via the paste dialog of the respective application.

@ Copying characters

Inserting the at symbol on smartphone or tablet

Writing the at sign on a smartphone or tablet

What is the meaning of the "bracket monkey" and what is it used for??

In colloquial language, the at is often referred to as a "spider monkey", "monkey swing" or "monkey tail". The reason for this can be seen if you take a closer look at the character with some imagination and imagine a monkey swinging on a branch. Another designation is "Commercial A.

Already in the Middle Ages the @-symbol was used for the Latin ad (German: bei, zu) used. Handwritten merged here the a and d to a character, the @. Used mainly in commerce in invoice books and in quotations, as well as in packaging of goods. For example "50 pieces of merchandise @ 10 cubits length".

Later, moreover, it appeared in files of the Imperial Chamber Court and had the meaning here against / contra – z.B. Negotiation Muller @ Schmidt (Muller against Schmidt).

Today it is impossible to imagine the internet without the at-sign. Primarily as a separator for email addresses. Here the @ separates the username from the domain. For example, at [email protected] in the early 1970s, a character was searched for to separate the user name from the computer name, and was found with this.

In social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, this is used to mark a user account. On Twitter and Facebook I can be found under @danielweihmann and if applicable. to mark.

In addition, the @ is stored with functions in various programming languages.

When the at sign no longer works ..

It may well happen that the @ can no longer be written using the above key combination.

Surely it can be a temporary error, which is fixed after a reboot. Very often, users have this problem when the keyboard was accidentally changed from German to American. This can be recognized quite easily by simply typing the letter Z writes. Appears instead Y, so the keyboard was changed, which can be fixed quickly.

But in some programs or even as a shortcut in background applications this problem already appeared. Here you can only try to find out which program is causing these problems.

A running graphic card application or a program in the autostart is to be found for it.

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I am currently looking for the cause of the same problem, which however does not correspond to the causes described above. These cause descriptions can also be found on almost every other web page, because they are probably the most common ones. But nowhere is the description of the cause of the problem with the AltGr + Q I have, which is the following:

Not always, but sometimes, the @ sign doesn’t work when you lock the screen and log in again afterwards. It can’t be because certain applications claim the AltGr+Q key combination in the background either, because my colleagues and I always have the same applications open in our daily business. And the problem appears clearly only if you lock the screen. We have noticed this with both Windows 7 and Windows 10 devices.

The problem is temporary, sometimes you don’t even have to restart the computer. Often the problem solves itself (without having to close any applications)

But as I said, it doesn’t happen all the time, but in irregular intervals. Googling has brought nothing, because apparently nobody has been able to determine the cause of this phenomenon yet.

Therefore the following offer: The first person who can tell me a clear cause will get a do-follow backlink on my website ;-)

How to write @ on the English / Czech keyboard? Alt+6+4 works, but there is something simpler – I just forgot about it.

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