Alternatively referred to as a solidus, virgule, or whack, the forward slash is the name of the "/" character on the computer keyboard. Forward slashes most commonly used to describe a network address, URL's, and other addresses. For example, in the below Computer Hope URL the forward slash is used three times.
Although "slash" is most often used to describe the forward slash, it could be used describe either a forward or backward slash. It is better to say "forward slash" instead of "slash" when telling someone to enter a forward slash.
Where is the forward slash key on the keyboard?
Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the forward slash key highlighted in blue on the main keyboard as well as the numeric keypad.
How to create a forward slash
Creating the "/" symbol on a U.S. keyboard
Creating the "/" symbol on a smartphone or tablet
Other uses of the forward slash
A forward slash may also be used for any of the below reasons.
- A math symbol for divide.
- With dates, the forward slash separates the month, date, and year.
- A file and directory separator in a Linux or network file path.
- With HTML, XML, and other markup languages, the forward slash is used with closing tags.
- In MS-DOS, the forward slash is used to perform a command option.
- With regular expressions, a forward slash is used as a delimiter or separator.
- In Linux, ./ executes a compiled program.
- With chat, the forward slash starts a command. For example, in IRC, /msg is a message command.
- In online games, the forward slash starts an action. For example, in World of Warcraft, /dance makes your character dance.