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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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.
Disclaimer: This info is for English keyboards. If you're using a keyboard for a different language, look for the keys on your keyboard that match the photos. Pictures of Apple's keyboards for various languages can be found here.
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To make a backtick on the US English keyboard - Use the key just to the left of the 1 key
To make a backtick on the British or International English keyboard - Use the key just to the right of the left shift key
If you have a TURKISH keyboard, and using Turkish - QWERTY PC, in order to type ´, you need press ALT + Ş.
Gizem's comment: In fact for backtick (`) TURKISH keyboard, you should press ALT and comma like this: (ALT,)
On an US keyboard, it is right next to Shift.
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: http://prii.it/blog/customize-press-and-hold-in-os-x-for-your-own-good
Now i have quick access to all symbols that are needed but missing on keyboard.
Backtick is on the left of "1" keyboard button.