A quote may refer to any of the following:
1. More appropriately called a quotation mark and alternatively known as a double quote or inverted commas, a quotation mark 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.
How to create the quote symbol
Creating the quote symbol on a U.S. keyboard
For information about creating curly quote marks, see our curly quote definition.
Creating the quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet
What is a quote symbol used for on a computer?
Quote in computer programming
In computer programming, quotes 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, you could use the command below to rename the file "stats baseball.doc" to "stats_baseball.doc" at the Windows command line.
move "stats baseball.doc" stats_baseball.doc
Quote in HTML
Quotes are integral to the HTML (hypertext markup language) language. Consequently, to write a quote that is not part of an HTML tag, you need to use the " HTML entity. In the example below, the HTML page would show "example" with the quotes.
Quotes in a 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 surrounds the printed message with quotes.
print "\"Hello world!\"";
See our single quote page for further information and examples of using a single quote.
The quote may be used when describing a measurement. For example, if someone says they're 5' 9", it's the same as saying they're five feet nine inches.
When describing measurements, using a double prime instead of a single quote is more proper.
What is the other symbol on the quote key?
The single quote should not be confused with the back quote.
3. With a value or price, a quote is an estimated cost for a job or service. For example, you may have a computer problem, and a repair shop may quote you a price on how much it would cost to repair the problem.
4. A quote is a famous or popular saying by someone. A listing of some of Computer Hope's favorite quotes is on our quotes collection.