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I have had a hunt around the net for this, but cannot find an answer - how do I type a backtick on Mac OSX Snow Leopard? I have a Macbook from late-2010.

The backtick character is one I use on a regular basis on StackExchange.

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Which keyboard layout do you use? On my keyboard, it is next to Shift. – guwac Oct 27 '12 at 21:07
You mean ` ? What keyboard layout do you have? – user21594 Oct 27 '12 at 21:07
@Radoo Yes, I mean `. Thanks it is indeed next to the [SHIFT] key. – crmpicco Oct 27 '12 at 21:10
@guwac I'm not sure why I didn't see that, but thank you. Can you submit an answer? – crmpicco Oct 27 '12 at 21:11
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I presume you don't have the English keyboard layout. You need to set up the U.S. Input Source, similar to what is described here (actually it's the other way around, you want to Check U.S.): How do I disable the Russian keyboard layout in software?

Then select that Layout and press the key right to left Shift.

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The UK keyboard has ` next to shift - what is the issue you raise? – Mark Oct 28 '12 at 12:24
On other countries layouts, instead of ` you have a letter, for a specific language. When you press it, it will type that letter and not `, if you don't specify an U.S. input source, or any other layout that might have that key as `. I just said U.S. as I know that works for sure. – user21594 Oct 28 '12 at 14:08
Ah I thought English keyboard meant keyboard used in England – Mark Oct 28 '12 at 14:14
It could mean british keyboard as well, it seems you have the ` by default. :) – user21594 Oct 28 '12 at 14:20

On an US keyboard, it is right next to Shift.

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he means ` not ' ` is next to 1 on a US keyboard under the ~ – dstarh Jan 29 '13 at 20:14

Had the same issue with non-English keyboard as well. Turns out it is rather easy to customize PressAndHold feature introduced in Lion. Here's how i did it:

Now i have quick access to all symbols that are needed but missing on keyboard.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Mark Mar 11 '15 at 13:30

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