How to Use a Tilde in a Windows Document

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A tilde is the little character that looks like this: ~. When used with a letter (such as "n"), it looks like this: ñ.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer Keyboards
  • Plastic Keyboard Covers
  • To insert a tilde in a Windows document, locate the ~ key on your keyboard. The tilde key is usually located in the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard.

  • Hold down the Shift key, then tap the key. The ~ character will appear.

  • To use the tilde over a letter, open the Windows Character Map. (Open the Start menu, then choose Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools and then Character Map.)

  • Choose the font you want to use.

  • Click the letter with the tilde from the map. Click Select, then click Copy.

  • Paste the character into your document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tildes are often used in Web URLs to reach Web sites that are "piggybacking" on a a larger site. For example, you might see a URL that reads: http://www.bigsite.com/~mysite.
  • The tilde is also used in European and Asian languages written in the Roman alphabet.
  • "Tilde" is pronounced "till-deh."
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