Compose key

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
compose key

Found on some keyboards produced by Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation. Compose key is a modifier key that allows a user to combine two keys to create another special character not found on the keyboard. The compose key is labeled as either "compose key" or "compose key character" on the keyboard.

Examples for the use of the compose keys

  • "~" and "n" = ñ
  • "O" and "R" = ®
  • "O" and "C" = ©
  • "A" and "E" = Æ

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