Template:Key press

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This is the {{key press}} template primarily designed to illustrate keys and keystrokes on a computer keyboard. With additional parameters, a single template can even illustrate a combination of multiple simultaneous keystrokes. A sequence of keystrokes, on the other hand, need to be demonstrated with separate templates.


{{key press|A}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

Keystroke combinations

To illustrate keystroke combinations, just use extra parameters:

{{key press|Alt|P}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
{{key press|Ctrl|Alt|Del}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

When you feed several key names to this template, it adds a "+" (or whatever the contents of the optional chain parameter) with no spaces around. This means it won't line wrap. But when you show key combinations for instance in a table then that might cause too wide items. Then instead manually build the key combination with spaces around the "+" so it can line wrap:

{{key press|Ctrl}} + {{key press|Alt}} + {{key press|Del}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}} + {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}} + {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
{{key press|Ctrl|Alt|Del|chain= + }} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

On the other hand, to illustrate Windows Alt codes you might want to use separate templates with no intervening punctuation or space. In most Windows systems in North America and Western Europe, for example, the plus-minus sign (±) can be entered by holding down the Alt key while typing 0177 (with the numeric keypad):

{{key press|Alt|0}}{{key press|1}}{{key press|7}}{{key press|7}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}{{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}{{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}{{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

An example of a use case where more than 5 might be used is explaining usage of a macro (keyboard shortcut) created by a third-party application:

{{Key press|Ctrl|Alt|Shift|Win|Menu|fn|L}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}


If there is an article about the key you can wikilink the key's name like any other wiki text. Like this:

  • {{key press|[[Alt key|Alt]]}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

If you are wikilinking the keys, please ensure that you are piping to the correct page (e.g. [[Control key|Ctrl]] instead of [[Ctrl]], which leads to a disambiguation page).

Wiki markup characters

Some wiki markup characters, like the pipe symbol, the semicolon and the equals sign, need to be entered using the {{!}}, {{;}} and {{=}} templates or as an HTML entity |, &#59;, = respectively:

  • {{key press|{{pipe}}}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press||}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|{{;}}}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|&#59;}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|{{=}}}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|=}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

However, if the characters are marked as wikilinks, they can be entered as such:

  • {{key press|[[|]]}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|[[;]]}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|[[=]]}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

Most markup characters also have aliases:

  • {{key press|pipe}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|semicolon}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|equals}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|colon}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|asterisk}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|hash}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

Key symbols

Some key names have a fitting Unicode character. This template automatically adds such "icons" to the following key names among others.

  • {{key press|Shift}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Tab}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Enter}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Option}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Opt}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Command}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Cmd}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Caps Lock}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Scroll Lock}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Up}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Down}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Left}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Right}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
File:AltGr Win Menu Ctrl key.jpg
Windows key and Menu key
File:Ctl wndws alt.jpg
Old-style Windows key

There are no characters for the Windows key and Menu key. So this template shows approximate characters for them, namely the 'SQUARED PLUS' and 'STRICTLY EQUIVALENT TO' from the Mathematical Operators block:

  • {{key press|Win}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|Menu}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

Video games

Video game controllers often have specialized input labels that do not map easily. The following are mappings for various game consoles and input features.

Directional input

The following should only be used when the input sequence uses something other than the primary input or mixes input between directional devices.

  • {{key press|l-down}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|c-left}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|r-up}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}

Stick specific diagonals are also supported:

  • {{key press|l-nw}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|c-se}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|r-ne}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|ex}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|circle}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|triangle}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}
  • {{key press|square}} → {{safesubst:#invoke:key|keypress}}



Template:TemplateDataHeader <templatedata> { "description": "Illustrates keys and keystrokes on a computer keyboard. Keys can include: Ctrl, Alt, Del, Opt, Menu, Left etc. console keys: ex, circle, triangle, square, and left right and center analog sticks: l-down, c-left, r-ne. The names are case insensitive.", "params": { "1": { "label": "First key", "description": "First key", "type": "string/line", "required": true }, "2": { "label": "Second key", "description": "Optional key press in combination as the first.", "type": "string/line", "required": false }, "3": { "label": "Third key", "inherits": "2" }, "4": { "label": "Fourth key", "inherits": "2" }, "5": { "label": "Fifth key", "inherits": "2" }, "6": { "label": "Sixth key", "inherits": "2" }, "7": { "label": "Seventh key", "inherits": "2" }, "8": { "label": "Eighth key", "inherits": "2" }, "9": { "label": "Ninth key", "inherits": "2" }, "10": { "label": "Tenth key", "inherits": "2" }, "chain": { "label": "Chaining character", "description": "Character between chained key presses", "default": "+", "inherits": "2" }, "chain first": { "description": "Character between first and second key to press", "inherits": "chain" }, "chain second": { "description": "Character between second and third key to press", "inherits": "chain" }, "chain third": { "description": "Character between third and fourth key to press", "inherits": "chain" }, "chain fourth": { "description": "Character between fourth and fifth key to press", "inherits": "chain" } } } </templatedata>

See also

  • {{Button}}, which produces a similar visual effect but without the semantic markup (e.g. Template:Button).
  • {{Key top}}, which produces a similar visual effect, but includes more symbols and does not directly support key chaining (e.g. Template:Key top)