Is there any way to type in a backtick and tilde, the key located on the top-left of the keyboard (below the esc key) in Safari in macOS?

For some reasons this key works in all the other applications but don't in Safari. Also, I think this worked before Safari 9 or 8; I don't know why Apple ditched it, but I still want to know any ways to type in the key.


I just found that this key works when you type in the search bar on the top of the status bar. However, the key doesn't work if you type in other situations, such as typing in the text field within any pages, including a google search and that in Stack Exchange. In fact while I'm writing this right now in Safari, I cannot type in the backtick and tilde character...

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    What keyboard layout are you using? I just tested in Safari 9 and it works fine. I strongly doubt Apple removed the ability to type those characters from Safari.
    – tubedogg
    Oct 24, 2016 at 8:30
  • @tubedogg Just updated; Can you type in the text field of a page in this site, such as composing a new question?
    – Blaszard
    Oct 24, 2016 at 9:43
  • Here is back tick ` and here is tilda ~. Typed from MacBook Pro keyboard in Safari. Works fine in any other text field. I am on Sierra macOS. Oct 24, 2016 at 10:10
  • Just out of curiosity, does it work in Chrome or Firefox?
    – Allan
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:28
  • @Allan Yes, that's why I wonder...
    – Blaszard
    Oct 24, 2016 at 11:30

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Go to 'System Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard' and check option 'Show viewers for keyboard, emoji, and symbols in menu bar' (see picture). Then click on flag in the menu bar and select 'Show keyboard viewer'. Keyboard with your current layout shall appear. Check that you have there 'back tick' and 'tilda' symbols. Try to print them in the text field pressing buttons of this on-screen keyboard with your mouse.

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