Where is the colon key on the keyboard?
Below is an overview of a computer keyboard with the colon key highlighted in blue.
How to create the ":" symbol
Creating the ":" symbol on a U.S. keyboard
To create the colon symbol using a U.S. keyboard, hold down the Shift key and press the : (colon) key. The : key is the same key as the ; (semicolon) key, located directly to the right of the letter 'L' key.
Creating the ":" symbol on a smartphone or tablet
How is a colon used?
Below are some different examples of where a colon is used today.
- In a URL, a colon separates the protocol with the address. For example, with https://www.computerhope.com, https is the protocol and www.computerhope.com is the address.
- In MS-DOS and the Windows command line, a colon indicates a drive letter. For example, typing A: at the MS-DOS prompt would switch to the "A: drive" or floppy disk drive.
- In a spreadsheet formula, a colon specifies a range. For example, =sum(A1:A20) would add cells A1 through A20.
- A colon in front or end of a word (depending on programming language) creates a label that can be used with a goto.
- In a batch file adding two comments in front of a line creates a remarked line.
- The colon may be used with a right parenthesis in text or online messages to denote a smiley face :). It is also known as an emoticon.
What is the other symbol on the colon key?
On U.S. keyboards, the colon key is shared with the ; (semicolon) key, which may be shown next to or above the backslash symbol. To create the pipe, hold down the Shift key while also pressing the \ (backslash) key.