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Where Is The Vertical Bar "|" On My Keyboard?

ATLAS.ti lets you input multiple codes at once by separating them with a vertical bar (also referred to as the "pipe" symbol). Sometimes it not obvious where this character is on a given keyboard.

The vertical bar ("|") has a special meaning inside ATLAS.ti. It is used to separate codes entered in the Open Coding prompter: CodeA|CodeB|CodeC creates (or uses if already existing) 3 codes in one go.

On some keyboards the pipe is hard to find. On a US 101 keyboard the pipe should be available via Shift-\ ("backslash"). On a German keyboard it is on the left together with < and > and the Alt Gr modifier key must be pressed to get the pipe.

Note that depending on the font used, this vertical bar can be displayed as a consecutice line or by a line with a small gap in the middle.

If nothing else helps, you can create this character (or any character) via its numeric ASCII code. For the pipe, this code is 124.

  1. Hold down the ALT key
  2. Enter 1,2,4 on the numeric keyboard (you might need to activate it via the Num toggle key)
  3. Release the ALT key
  4. And voila -- nice |

BTW, some Mac users report that on their keyboards you can obtain the | character by simultaneously pressing "ctrl", "alt" and "<".

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