TildeAlternatively referred to as the squiggly or twiddle, the tilde is a character ( ~ ) found on computer keyboards below the escape or ESC key and on the same key as the back quote that resembles a squiggly line. The graphic gives an representation of how the tilde may appear. Below are a few examples of how and when the tilde is used.

What a tilde is used for on a computer

  1. In languages such as Spanish and Portuguese, the tilde is a diacritical mark that is placed over a letter such as 'a' and 'n' to help emphasize the letter.
  2. Shorten long file names in Microsoft Windows 95 above. For example, changing the "Program Files" directory to Progra~1.
  3. Access the console in programs and games such as Quake.
  4. In regular expressions, the tilde can be used for pattern matching.
  5. In C programming languages, the ~ represents a bitwise NOT.
  6. Get to the home directory on a Linux computer (e.g., cd ~).
  7. In mathematics, ~ is used to indicate an approximate number.
  8. Access to the Tilda GTK+ terminal emulator.

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Also see: Keyboard terms