Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope

Y may refer to any of the following:

1. The letter "y" is chat slang for "why."

2. Y is a key used with the keyboard shortcuts Alt+Y, Command+Y, and Ctrl+Y.

3. With Microsoft Excel and other spreadsheet programs, "Y" is the twenty-fifth column of a spreadsheet. To reference the first cell in the column, you'd use "Y1."

4. In the phonetic alphabet, "Y" is often pronounced as "yankee."

5. Y is the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet. The letter "Y" comes after "X" and is followed by the letter "Z." To create a capitalized "Y" press the Shift key and Y at the same time.

With U.S. QWERTY keyboards, the "Y" key is on the top row, to the right of "T" and left of the "U" key. See our keyboard page for a visual example of all keyboard keys.


If the "Y" key is not working on the keyboard, see: Some of the keys on my computer keyboard aren't working.


In ASCII the uppercase "Y" is "089" in decimal (01011001 in binary). The lowercase "y" is "121" in decimal (01111001 in binary).

Related pages

Chat terms, Letter