Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Backslash aka whackA whack or wack is a term used to describe a backslash, commonly used in a computer folder or network folder path. Below are examples of the use of a whack.

Note: A whack is sometimes used to describe a forward slash, such as in an Internet URL. However, it is better to refer to a backslash as a "whack" and a forward slash as a "slash" when using either of them as slang.

Computer folder & file path

C: <whack> Windows <whack> System32 <whack> system.ini

is equal to


In a computer folder & file path, the whack is used after the drive letter, which is "C:" in the above example.

A whack is also used after each folder in the folder path. In the example above, "Windows" and "System32" are the folder names in the path.

Lastly, "system.ini" is the file name and is listed last in the folder & file path.

Network folder path

<whack> <whack> ComputerHope <whack> Help <whack> Laptops

is equal to


In a network folder path, the whack is used twice at the beginning of the path. Typically, the network server name or computer, where the network folder is located, is listed after the first two whacks. In the example above, "ComputerHope" is the name of the network server.

After the server name, a whack is used again, followed by a folder name. If there are multiple folders in the network path, a whack is used in between each folder name. In the example above, "Help" and "Laptops" are the folder names.

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