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Here's how the @ sign works again on your keyboard

Verena Ottmann

If these key combinations do not work for the @ sign, you have probably changed the key assignment.

No special character is used as often as the @ -sign, colloquially also called "Klammeraffe". Usually only an integral part of a mail address, the "@" is also suitable for addressing someone directly in a chat or in an e-mail with several addressees. With the key combination "Alt Gr" + "Q" the character is also set quickly.

However, if this combination no longer works, there can be several reasons. The most common reason is that you accidentally activated the English or American key layout on your keyboard. Then you can find A the @ using the key combination “Shift” + “2”. Alternatively, "Shift" + "a" also works.

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To switch the keyboard back to German, go to the keyboard properties in the control panel and change the input method accordingly. In most cases, however, the key combination "Shift" + "Alt" will also work. See also: Changing the keyboard language at the push of a button

By the way: In France and Belgium you can elicit an @ from local keyboards using the key combination "Alt Gr" + "0" (zero)! And an Apple PC produces a spider monkey when you press one of the two "Alt" keys at the same time as the letter "L".

Here is an overview of the most important countries and keyboard shortcuts for the @ sign:

"Alt Gr" + "0": Africa and Arab countries (French-speaking), Belgium (French-speaking), France

"Alt Gr" + "2": Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain

"Alt Gr" + "q": Iceland, South America (Spanish speaking), Turkey

"Alt Gr" + "v": Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia²

"Alt Gr" + "ò" (key above the point): Italy

"Shift" + "2": Africa and Arab countries, Greece, USA

"Shift" + "ä" (or key above the right shift key): Great Britain