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