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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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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.

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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

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 at 21:20
Oops, Alt-R in the above was supposed to be "Option". –  Paolo Jan 5 at 21:23
Why do you think this is an answer to the question? He is asking for the location of a character on the Apple International keyboard, NOT on a French keyboard. I suggest you delete this totally. –  TomG Jan 5 at 21:25
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 at 22:01

AltGr + 4 twice ~~ in Windows XP.

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