I'm trying to edit the config.txt at the NOOBS boot menu.

This file format comments out lines by putting # at the start. How do I type that character? (Typing it normally on my keyboard generates the old UK currency symbol).

Note: I have already done the solution in Remapping keyboard; it does not affect the NOOBS boot menu.

Here's an image of my keyboard layout - it's a cheapie Logitech wireless mouse/keyboard combo.


I found that pressing \ (backslash) key produces the # character which is sufficient to enable editing the config file. (Don't ask me how to type backslash...)

  • What kind of keyboard do you have? What language model? – Bex May 31 '16 at 9:53
  • @Bex added picture to my question. The teensy pipe/backslash key above the Enter does make the # – M.M May 31 '16 at 20:56

Here is a picture of the standard UK keyboard layout with the Pound sign over the '3' key:

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This should help you locate the # sign and any other keys you'd need. Note that the key with the ~ and the # sign is often located next to the [ and ] keys on the row above its pictured location.

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    Well this explains why I couldn't pipe anything until I reconfigured the keyboard! Don't these people understand where I live ?!? ;) – goldilocks May 31 '16 at 3:40
  • Right - the backslash and pipe key does not exist on standard US keyboards. Phantom key. Perhaps the old alt+092 (backslash) and alt+124 (pipe) tricks work? – Phil B. May 31 '16 at 16:50
  • alt-codes don't appear to work at the NOOBS boot menu (not on my keyboard anyway), tried with num lock on and off . But neither pipe nor backslash are needed there. – M.M May 31 '16 at 20:57

I have Logitech KB and I had change to the from the default "gb" to "us" in /etc/defaults/keyboard. The default is the British keyboard.

This video calls it the pound key. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1F-TxTPyiM

This can be inserted by using SHIFT and (backslash)

if u don't have backslsh...press ALT and the 092..

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    There is no reason why this answer should be written in all capital letters, please reformat it. Since you are new here I strongly suggest you take the Tour. – Darth Vader Apr 10 '18 at 9:47

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