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I am a French developer, used to the French keyboard layout. Being a developer, I invested recently in an Apple international keyboard.

Having a french keyboard, typing in the tilde '~' character was quite simple since it was printed on a key as far as I remember, although I don't remember where.

Now with my new International keyboard, the layout is very different, missing accents and other special character (which is ok since I use that keyboard only for development on my mac) but I am facing the issue that I need to type in the tilde character very often, and I don't have any clue on how to type it in in a simple way.

(PS: To type in the '~' character, I am actually using the "character display pane" coming with Macosx, which is quite cumbersome when you need it often ...)

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Note that for developers ~ is a symbol on its own and is different to the accent ˜ – Mark Apr 8 '15 at 10:02
up vote 35 down vote accepted

The "~" key is located between the "left shift" and "Z" keys on the international english keyboard.

Many users are used to have this key under the escape key (the US layout), and they (including me) use the KeyRemap4MacBook software to swap those keys.

Edit: KeyRemap4MacBook is now called Karabiner. Here is a screenshot of the configuration I'm using to remap Section to Backquote key.

Screenshot of the configuration of Karabiner reaping Section to Backquote

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I was very sloppy with that one, I didn't see it or I didn't wanted to see it ... Anyway , thank you – yves Baumes Apr 20 '12 at 20:39
Perfect, thanks for this! Works flawlessly. – Elad Nava Jun 23 at 20:38

Apple French Keyboard Cheat Sheet

General sequence rules:

Shift Alt-R & then E gives É etc. ` then A gives À etc. Alt-R N then A gives à etc.

General sequence rules for `´and ~: French Keyboard for Apple Cheat Sheet for Special sequences and chords

Option N then space gives ~ then space gives Shift Option & then space gives ´

Option ç gives Ç

Option z gives  Shift Option z gives Å

Option y gives Ú Option ù gives Ù

Option s gives Ò Shift Option m gives Ó Shift Option ^ gives Ô

Option k gives È Shift Option k gives Ë Shift Option e gives Ê

Option i gives î Option h gives Ì Option j gives Ï Shift Option i gives ï Shift Option h gives Î Shift Option j gives Í

Option é gives ë Option ^ gives ô Option a gives æ Option o gives œ Shift Option a gives Æ Shift Option o gives Œ

Option ( gives { Option ) gives }

Option w gives ‹ Shift Option w gives ›

Option è gives « Shift Option è gives »

Option gives @ Shift Option gives # Shift $ gives * Shift Option l gives |

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Oops, Option ` gives @ – Paolo Jan 5 '14 at 21:20
Oops, Alt-R in the above was supposed to be "Option". – Paolo Jan 5 '14 at 21:23
Welcome to Ask Different! Whilst this is useful information, it doesn't actually answer the question. Also, don't use comments to edit your answer — use the edit button and edit the answer directly. – grgarside Jan 5 '14 at 22:01

In Yosemite holding down many of the letters a couple of seconds gives a popup window that let's you choose one of various accenting options. For example:

enter image description here

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That's pretty awesome. Thank you for that tip in Yosemite. But it does not really fit the initial question, right? – yves Baumes Jan 27 '15 at 9:27

Select US keyboard, use twice: Alt+Command+N

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Alt command n does nothing at all on my machine. What are you talking about? In what app does this produce ~ for you? – Tom Gewecke Oct 21 '15 at 22:16

AltGr + 4 twice ~~ in Windows XP.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. – Thecafremo Mar 15 '13 at 12:48

Option N -> space You actually type ã or ñ but on a space. Hope it helps.

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This wasn't what the OP asked; same as the other post that gave the same answer. – Tetsujin Apr 8 '15 at 9:38

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