My keyboard does not allow me to type a character used in a Codecademy lesson what should I do?

 

This post is about the problem where you find that you can't type certain characters in the terminal.

The courses that this has been reported in:

  • Deploy a Website
  • Learn Git
  • Learn Rails
  • Learn the Command Line

The characters that have been reported are:

 

$ | space ~ ' "

Various solutions

These are not in any particular order.

Option 1: If you can, try a different web browser.

Option 2: Use your Alt key combined with the ASCII code for the problem character.

 

Character   Alt + ASCII code
————————————————————————————
    $           Alt + 36
    |           Alt + 124
  Space         Alt + 32
    ~           Alt + 126
    '           Alt + 39
    "           Alt + 34

Option 3: Use the on-screen keyboard (see below, ”How to use your on-screen keyboard“)

Option 4: Change your keyboard input language to American QWERTY -- you might need to find a link or two on how to do that.

Option 5: Copy and paste the character.

How to use your on-screen keyboard

Windows

  1. Click the Start button in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Accessibility, sometimes called Ease of Access.
  5. Click On-Screen Keyboard to open the keyboard on your screen.
  6. Continue with the Codecademy lesson. Click on the exercise you are working on, and the on-screen keyboard will be available to you.

Click here127 for direct help from Windows.

Mac OSX

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click on Keyboard. At the bottom, check the box that says Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar.
  3. In the menu bar (usually near the clock or battery), click on the Keyboard icon. This is usually a flag, or a U+ symbol.
  4. Click on Show Keyboard Viewer to access the on-screen keyboard.
  5. Continue with the Codecademy lesson. Click on the exercise you are working on, and the on-screen keyboard will be available to you.

Click here316 for direct help from Apple.

Linux

Due to the variance between Linux distributions, the best option is probably to run a search for “how to use the on-screen keyboard in [distro name]”
For Ubuntu:

  1. Go to Applications → Universal Access in the menu
  2. Click “Onboard” to start the on-screen keyboard
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