Forum Question: Make a key type another character

I’m new to Mac. I’m living in Belgium and therefore I have a belgian keyboard on my iMac. Unfortunately there is no backslash “\” key on the keyboard, which is quite annoying for some applications.
Hopefully I can get it by using the Character Viewer in the System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Show Keyboard & Character Viewer in menu bar. It works but it’s very complicated.
I was wondering, is there a way to change the behavior of some key system wide? For example, I have the “÷” key accessible through “alt :” which I don’t think I will ever use, can I replace this combination “alt :” to get my missing backslash?
Thanks a lot in advance and keep up the good work!

Comments: 2 Responses to “Make a key type another character”

    3/23/11 @ 8:25 am

    Sure. Check out the System Preferences, Language & Text, Text pane. Why not simply create a substitution. Perhaps typing ÷÷ converts automatically with a backslash.
    You could also try the Keyboard pane and simply switch your keyboard type.
    Or, see if there is another standard way to get the backslash using the Keyboard Viewer — just use it to see what the keyboard combination is. Maybe Shift+Option+/

      3/23/11 @ 8:53 am

      I didn’t realize I could use the keyboard viewer that way :)
      Indeed Shift+Option+/ makes a \.

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