Here’s how the @ sign works again on your keyboard

If these key combinations do not work for the @ sign, you have probably changed the key assignment.

No special character is used as often as the @ sign, also known colloquially as “Klammeraffe”. Usually only an integral part of a mail address, the “@” is also suitable for addressing someone directly in a chat or in an e-mail with several addressees. With the key combination [Alt Gr + Q] the mark is also set quickly.

At sign @ no longer works – what to do?

If this combination no longer works, there can be several reasons. The most common reason is that you accidentally hit the

English or American key assignment

have activated. Then you can find the @ using the key combination [Shift + 2]You do not have to use the numeric keypad here, but the row of numbers under the F keys. Alternatively also works [Shift + a].

Windows 10: The most important hotkeys and shortcuts

Switch the keyboard back to German

To fix the language switch, go to

Settings> Time and Language> Language

and check whether “German” is set on your keyboard or not. Switching works even faster with the key combination [Shift + Alt]. See also: Changing the keyboard language at the touch of a button

By the way:

An Apple PC produces a spider monkey when you press one of the two “Alt” keys at the same time as the letter “L”.

Here is an overview of the most important countries and keyboard shortcuts for the @ sign:

Keyboard shortcuts


Alt Gr + 0

Africa and Arab countries (French-speaking), Belgium (French-speaking), France

Alt Gr + 2

Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain

Alt Gr + q

Iceland, South America (Spanish speaking), Turkey

Alt Gr + v

Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia

Alt Gr + ò (key above the point)


Shift + 2

Africa and Arab countries, Greece, USA

Shift + ä (key above the right shift)

Great Britain

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