I use an USB keyboard with my Macbook Pro - no choice here, some of the keys of internal keyboard are damaged. The Keyboard is from Genius, type LuxeMate i200. I use Czech QWERTY layout.

Everything pretty much works, although I can't seem to find a way how to type backslash \ and pipe | characters.

Above the right Enter, I have a mysterious key with following characters:

  • first row: | ) ;
  • second row: \ ň ¨ (and "circle in front of x" i can't even type)

I've tried the following:

  • key: ¨
  • left SHIFT + key: `
  • right SHIFT + key: `
  • left ALT + key: ¨
  • right ALT + key: ¨
  • left SHIFT + key: "
  • right SHIFT + key: "
  • FN + key: ¨

I would really like to avoid switching between keyboards OR copying the characters from Google, as I use them a lot. Can someone help me please?

EDIT: Here is a photo of the keyboard, if that helps.

Screenshot of my keyboard

EDIT 2: Thanks @krnk, the keyboard viewer helped with the backslash character! I still have a problem with the pipe character though.

What the viewer shows is not consistent with the keyboard (there is no key between left shift and Z key, for example, which would solve my problem with the pipe). Is that maybe another symptom of misconfiguration?

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Is there anything else I could try besides "changing keyboard type" (which I already did)?

  • @krnk: Thanks a lot for your suggestion, it helped! I have updated my question. Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 12:19
  • That is what I meant by "changing keyboard type", so yes, I did. The assistant asked me for key right of L Shift (Z) and left of R Shift (- and _). The keyboard viewer still shows incorrect layout (key right of as backslash). Commented Jul 2, 2015 at 15:04

3 Answers 3


I just bought a Genius keyboard in the Czech Republic and have the same problem, however I've found the following works for me:

  • Right alt + \

  • Shift + Right alt + |


Just been fiddling with my Czech Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic and it turns out that the \ & | key is mapped to the ; under the Esc to the left of 1 key. So by pressing Shift, I get the |.


To get the backslash character (\) using the Czech keyboard layout press AltGr + Q.

  • 1
    Mac doesn't have an AltGr key.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 8:10
  • Worked for me for Slovak keyboard. I did have a alt gr key
    – poshest
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 19:11

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