Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
A single quote may refer to any of the following:
1. Sometimes referred to as an apostrophe, a single quote is a punctuation symbol that is found on the United States QWERTY keyboard next to the Enter key.
Where is the single quote key on the keyboard?
Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the single quote key highlighted in blue.
How to create the single quote symbol
Creating the single quote symbol on a U.S. keyboard
To create the quote symbol using a U.S. keyboard and press the single quote key, which is on the same key as the quote ( " ) and typically to the left of the Enter key.
Creating the single quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet
To create a quote symbol on a smartphone or tablet open the keyboard and go into the numbers (123) or symbols (sym) section and then press your finger on the " symbol.
What is a single quote used for on a computer?
In computer programming single quotes are commonly used to contain commands or literal strings.
my $example = "Example of variable";
print 'Do not print $example';
In the above example, the variable $example would not be treated as a variable, instead it would print "Do not print $example". If you used quotes instead of a single quote it would print "Do not print Example of variable".
2. In programming languages like QBasic, the single quote is treated as a nonexecutable statement.
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