[2022] How to Type Backslash Key (\) or Backward

There are several methods for inserting or typing the Backslash key or Backward Symbol (\) depending on whether you are on Mac or Windows (word, excel, PowerPoint).

This guide will also show you how to easily use the Backslash Alt code shortcut.

Let’s begin right away.

How to Type Backslash Key Quickly

Press Option+7 or Option+Shift+7 on your PC or Mac keyboard to type the Backslash symbol.

To accomplish the same task on a Windows machine simply press the Alt key and type the number 92 with the numeric keypad to your right.

The backward slash/ symbol is available for Microsoft Word users by typing 005C and then clicking Alt + X.

You can learn how to type this backslash symbol both on Windows and Mac in the table below.

More Details About Backward Symbol

This information will enable you to write backslash key (\) sign just about anywhere, including in Word/Excel documents, regardless of whether you use Mac or Windows.

You can read below if you need a detailed description if this quick help does not satisfy you.

There are several keys on the keyboard that are dual-purpose for Mac and Windows users, as you may already know.

The second keys on the keyboard have symbols readily available to them.

The insertion of such symbols is as simple as pressing two or more keys simultaneously.

A few symbols are printed as the second key, however, others aren’t.

Typing those symbols is difficult because of this. The symbol for the backslash key belongs to this group.

In a work environment where you regularly use these symbols, typing becomes more difficult for you.

There’s no need to worry about it being difficult. In particular, after reading this step-by-step guide.

How to Add Backslash Key/Symbol in Excel/Word

We’ll take a look at how to type or insert this symbol (\) into various Windows and Mac programs (such as Word or Excel or PowerPoint).

The Backslash symbol can be typed in Microsoft Word by pressing 005C, Alt+X on your keyboard.

Only MS Word supports this shortcut. You can enter the 92 alt code on your numeric keypad by holding down the Alt key outside of MS Word. Option+7 and Option+Shift+7 are options on Mac.

Following are the details of the methods we will be describing.

Method 1: Use Backward Symbol Key from your Keyboard

The backward slash symbol is represented by a separate key on some keyboards.

The keyboard manufacturer determines whether you will see it on yours or not. However, most keyboards have this key.

For those of you whose keyboards don’t include the backslash key, proceed to the next section to learn how to type it on Mac and Windows.

I will show you where this key on your keyboard is if you don’t know where it is.

How do I find the Backslash key?

Backslash symbols are usually located near the Enter or Return keys on keyboards. Other times it may be placed directly below or above the Enter key.

Other times it may be located to the left of the Enter key. Keyboards with Macs place the button directly above Enter or Return.

Here are a few more simple shortcuts if you are still having difficulty finding it.

Method 2: Using Backward Sign Shortcut

Mac users can press Option+7 or Option+Shift+7 to access the Backslash Symbol.

Some shortcuts in Windows are available only in Microsoft Word.

Fortunately, there’s a shortcut that works on all Windows applications for this symbol. Alt + 92 is the shortcut code for the alt code.

005C, Alt+X is the shortcut for Microsoft Word’s Backslash Symbol.

You must follow the following instructions to benefit from this shortcut:

  • Make sure the insertion pointer is in the correct place.
  • Press Alt + X after typing 005C. The insertion pointer will be shown as the Backslash symbol in the code (005C).

For Mac, this is how you use the Backslash shortcut:

  • First, place the insertion pointer where the symbol needs to be inserted.
  • You can now press Option+7 or Option+Shift+7 simultaneously using a Mac keyboard.
  • Your Mac PC should automatically insert the symbol with this shortcut.

The next section shows you how to type the symbol on your keyboard using the Backslash Symbol Alternate Code.

Method 3: Backward Slash Alt Code 

The Alt Code for the backward slash symbol is 92.

You can insert a symbol into a Word document by using its unique code.

Codes of this type are often referred to as “Alt codes”.

Following are the steps you must follow:

  • First, activate the numeric keypad by pressing the number lock key. If your laptop doesn’t have a numeric keypad, you can activate Num Lock by pressing Fn + NumLk keys.
  • Use the numeric keypad to type 92 while holding the Alt key.
  • You should release the [Alt] key pressed after entering the Alt code (92).

Your text should now display the backslash key Symbol Text the moment you release the Alt Key.

Method 4: Copy Pasting Backward Slash Key

This symbol (\) can be copied and pasted using the button below.


For symbols I cannot easily type, copy and paste is my favorite method.

To use this method, you just need to google the glyph you need to enter, then copy it from one of the following results.

It is, however, possible to recopy and paste the symbol as needed as soon as it is in your document.

Copying this symbol and any other symbol in Windows can be done in another way.

In this case, the Windows Character Map feature is used.

By using the character map, you can copy and paste any symbol. Follow these steps:

  • Select the Start button and look for the Character map.
  • Your search results will display the Character map app. Launch it by clicking on it.

  • Check the Advanced View checkbox after opening the Character Map window to expand it and see a variety of more advanced options.

  • Search for Reverse Solidus under Advanced View.
  • You can now view the symbol that you searched for.
  • Select it with a double click. In the text box that says ‘Characters to copy,’ you’ll see the symbol. Selecting and copying multiple symbols simultaneously is possible with this feature.

  • You will need to click the Copy button once you have selected the symbol to copy.
  • Then, simply press Ctrl + V to paste the symbol anywhere, whether you are in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Here’s how you can copy and paste the character backward key in Windows using the Character Map.

Method 5: Insert Symbol Dialog Box

A more complex approach is required for this process. But it’s pretty straightforward.

It is always possible to copy and paste the symbol again whenever necessary once it has been inserted into your document.

In Word, using the symbol dialog box, these are the steps to insert the backslash symbol.

  • Select More Symbols under the Symbol button on the Insert tab.

  • You will see the dialog box for Symbol after a few clicks.

We now need to locate the symbol we’d like to insert.

When you are viewing the Symbol dialog box, you can easily find the division symbol by looking at the bottom right area and selecting Unicode (hex) from the drop-down list.

Once again, select Latin-1 Supplement from the drop-down list at the top right corner of the dialog.

You will need to insert a backward slash symbol from the Latin-1 Supplement symbol set.

  • In the Symbols dialogue box, look for the backward key symbol.
  • Click on the Insert button after selecting the backward sign.

  • It is also possible to insert the symbol by double-clicking on it.

The Insert Symbol dialog box in Word can be used to insert the Divide By symbol by following these steps.

Method 6: AutoCorrect Feature for Backslash Sign

Word’s AutoCorrect feature can also be used for obtaining the Divide By symbol.

This is a tool designed for resolving spelling errors such as these. The shortcode for the backslash key can be assigned to this feature.

This will be the case whenever you type the text BKSL as Word will interpret the text BKSL as a backward symbol.

Normally the symbol would be inserted regardless of the code you type, but in this method, you can assign any code you like.

To type a backslash symbol using AutoCorrect in Word, follow the steps below.

  • Click Symbol and then More Symbols under the Insert tab.
  • The symbol appears in the dialog box.
  • Select the backslash symbol by clicking on it.
  • AutoCorrect will appear once you click on the AutoCorrect button.

Select AutoCorrect from the AutoDictionary dialog box and enter the following:

Replace: BKSL
With: \

Click OK.

Whenever you type BKSL in Word,  a backslash symbol will automatically be added to your document.

Below are a couple of things to keep in mind when inserting the Divide By sign with the AutoCorrect method.

The case is taken into account when using AutoCorrect. Word will ignore bksl (in lowercase) unless you enter BKSL (in uppercase).
Word will not convert AutoCorrect text to the division symbol if there is any text before or after it. So, XBKSL won’t be converted, but X BKSL will be transformed into X \.

Video Tutorial – How to Find Backslash Key

Final Words

The following were the various ways in which you can insert and type the Backslash key in word/excel.

Both for Windows and Mac, I prefer copying and pasting followed by a shortcut in Word. Also, the Alt Code method is easy to use.

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