As pressing ⌥⇧7 keys simultaneously to type a backslash character (\) on a German iMac (macOS High Sierra 10.13.4) keyboard is rather unhandy and painful I would like to know whether it is possible to change the key combination to something different, like ⌃7? Is there any way to achieve this without using any third-party application?

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    The only native way to do something like that is via system preferences/keyboard/text/replace with, unless a particular app has its own feature for creating keyboard shortcuts for characters (like Word 2016 > Insert > Advanced Symbol > Keyboard Shortcut) Apr 9, 2018 at 12:48
  • Unfortunately - as you stated - this only works in some applications such as Mail. In Terminal or other third-party CLI-applications "replace with" does not seem to work. Apr 10, 2018 at 12:45

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If your macOS version is recent enough (Monterey or perhaps also Big Sur), you will find Apple has added an input source called German Standard where backslash is on Option ß.

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