Some answers contain characters that look like keyboard keys. They look like

Ctrl + E

What markup do I need to add to make Ctrl and E look like actual keys?
That's not mentioned in the formatting help.

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    +1 for adding this to the formatting help (rather than having needed Google to come up with this page). Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 17:36
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    I like, when question marked as duplicate has more votes, then original one :-D
    – Betlista
    Commented Jan 8, 2016 at 12:34
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    Oh wow, my question got closed as a duplicate ... seven years after asking it! I wonder if there's a badge for that? Commented Sep 8, 2017 at 6:00
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2 Answers 2


Use the <kbd> tag. For example, write <kbd>Shift</kbd>+<kbd>Enter</kbd> for it to display as Shift+Enter.

After this answer was accepted, the <kbd> tag was disabled on Meta. It then still worked on SO, SF and SU. Meanwhile it has been enabled on Meta again as well.

  • Is there a correct word to use for arrow keys? eg Right or Right arrow or ?
    – IanVaughan
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 9:40
  • @IanVaughan use the "right arrow" :)) Commented Oct 24, 2021 at 7:00
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    Does this work in comments<kbd>Shift</kbd>+<kbd>/</kbd>
    – CivFan
    Commented Aug 17, 2022 at 16:40

Use the kbd tag:


The rendered output would look like this:



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