Where is the quote key on the keyboard?
Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the quote key highlighted in blue.
How to create the quote symbol
Creating the quote symbol on a U.S. keyboard
Creating the quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet
What is a quote symbol used for on a computer?
Quote in computer programming
In computer programming, quotes are used to contain text or other data. For example, in the below print statement, what you're printing to the screen is often surrounded by quotes. If surrounded by a single quote instead of a double quote the string is treated as a literal string in many languages.
print "Hello world!";
Quote at the command line
In a command line to recognize files or directories with spaces, they must be surrounded by quotes. For example, if you wanted to rename the file "stats baseball.doc" to "stats_baseball.doc" at the Windows command line, you could use the command below.
move "stats baseball.doc" stats_baseball.doc
Quote in HTML
With HTML, quotes are an important part of the language, which means in order write a quote that is not part of an HTML tag you need to use the " special character. In the example below the HTML page would show "example" with the quotes.
Quotes in scripting language
Quotes are also an important part of what makes other scripting and programming languages. To print the quotation mark symbols as output, you need to escape the quote. For example, below is similar to our first example, but is surrounding the printed message with quotes.
print "\"Hello world!\"";
3. A quote is a famous or popular saying by someone. A listing of some of Computer Hope's favorite quotes can be found on our quotes page.