Where is the asterisk key on the keyboard?
Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the asterisk 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
Tip: The asterisk is easier to use on the numeric keypad with math formulas.
Creating the * symbol on a smartphone or tablet
What is an asterisk used for on a computer?
Below are examples of how the asterisk is used on a computer.
An asterisk in a math formula
In a math formula, an asterisk is used to represent a multiplication (times). For example, in the below formula you can see that 5 <times> 2 is equal to 10.
5 * 2 = 10
An asterisk in a wildcard
The asterisk represents a wildcard or wild character with computers. For example, when typing *.TXT in a search or find field, the computer would look for any file ending with .TXT.
An asterisk in computer programming
<?php /* hidden text */ echo "hello world"; ?>
An asterisk as a reference
Finally, an asterisk is also commonly used as a reference mark in a document.