Typing an "at sign" (@)
The first time you encounter a Spanish computer keyboard, you are likely to limp along finding symbols characters that appear in different places (and different between Spanish keyboards made for Spain and those for Latin America) but the first time you need to enter an email address, you will probably come to a dead stop. That is because while you may find an @ on the keyboard, you don't just press the key or Shift plus the key.
The next problem you will have is not knowing the Spanish to say "at sign" making it close to impossible to ask. (The solution to that issue is, of course, to write one on a piece of paper which I remember doing in Alajuela, Costa Rica over 10 years ago.)
A good starting point for the answer is Wikipedia. I point to the Spanish page becuse it will tell you more of what you need to know. That includes:
- The Spanish name of the symbol is arroba.
- The word and symbol is used to signify a quarter of a quintal of weight. A qunital is 100 pounds so, for example, if you want to buy 25 lbs. of rice, that would be one arroba.
Back to the keyboard, you will usually find @ on the 2 key, typically to the right of 2. (Note that I have seen Spanish keyboards where the symbol is not printed on the keyboard.) The secret is that this symbol, the others that are printed to the right of the regular characters and some others that just aren't shown is what is called the Alt Gr key.
Alt Gr is the Alt key that appears to the right of space bar. The good news is that seem to always be marked at Alt Gr. You use it like the Shift key. For example, to type an @ you hold down the Alt Gr key and they hit the 2 key.