# Plus

1. When referring to a keyboard or symbol, the **plus** ( + ) is a symbol found on the same key as the equal sign that has a horizontal and vertical line crossing each other. In the picture to the right is an example of the plus symbol.

## Where is the plus key on the keyboard?

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the plus key highlighted in blue on the main keyboard as well as the numeric keypad.

## How to create the + symbol

Creating the + symbol on a U.S. keyboard

To create a plus using a U.S. keyboard hold down the Shift key and press plus key, which is on the same key as the equals sign ( = ) and to the left of backspace.

Tip: The plus is easier to use on the numeric keypad with math formulas.

Creating the + symbol on a smartphone or tablet

To create a plus on a smartphone or tablet open the keyboard and go into the numbers (123) and then (#+=) or symbols (sym) section and then press your finger on the ~ symbol.

## What is a plus used for on a computer?

The plus key is most often used in programming and mathematics to add two or more numbers or as a programming operator.

Plus in a math formula

In a math formula a plus is used to represent an addition. For example, in the below formula you can see that 2 <plus> 1 is equal to 3.

2 + 1 = 3

A plus in a URL

In a URL the + is a common method used to represent a space, since spaces are not allowed in URLs.

Other places with the plus symbol

A plus symbol or a horizontal line crossing a vertical line is also a symbol used as an indication to increase, add, move down, or zoom in on software programs and hardware devices.

2. **Plus** is also an abbreviated version of **Google+**.

**Also see:** Hyphen, Keyboard terms