Where Is The Vertical Bar “|” On My Keyboard?

June 6, 2014

ATLAS.ti lets you input multiple codes at once by separating them with a vertical bar (also referred to as the “pipe” symbol). Sometimes it not obvious where this character is on a given keyboard.

The vertical bar (“|”) has a special meaning inside ATLAS.ti. It is used to separate codes entered in the Open Coding prompter: CodeA|CodeB|CodeC creates (or uses if already existing) 3 codes in one go.

On some keyboards the pipe is hard to find. On a US 101 keyboard the pipe should be available via Shift-\ (“backslash”). On a German keyboard it is on the left together with < and > and the Alt Gr modifier key must be pressed to get the pipe.

Note that depending on the font used, this vertical bar can be displayed as a consecutice line or by a line with a small gap in the middle.

If nothing else helps, you can create this character (or any character) via its numeric ASCII code. For the pipe, this code is 124.

  • Hold down the ALT key
  • Enter 1,2,4 on the numeric keyboard (you might need to activate it via the Num toggle key)
  • Release the ALT key
  • And voila — nice |

BTW, some Mac users report that on their keyboards you can obtain the | character by simultaneously pressing “ctrl”, “alt” and “<“.

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