Quote

Quote1. Alternatively referred to as a double quote, quotation mark, or inverted commas, a quote is a symbol ( " ) on a keyboard. It is located next to the Enter key on a US QWERTY keyboard.

Where is the quote key on the keyboard?

Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the quote key highlighted in blue.

Tilde key

How to create the quote symbol

Creating the quote symbol on a U.S. keyboard

To create the quote symbol using a U.S. keyboard hold down the Shift key and press quote key, which is on the same key as the single quote ( ' ) and typically to the left of the Enter key.

Creating the quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet

To create a quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet open the keyboard and go into the numbers (123) or symbols (sym) section and then press your finger on the " symbol.

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.

"example"

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!\"";

Related pages

2. When writing in HTML, the <blockquote> tag is used to denote that a section of an article has been quoted from another source.

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.

Also see: Angled quote, Back quote, Curly quotes, Keyboard terms, Magic quote, Single quote