Forward Slash Backslash There’s a whole lot of slashing going on, but which way is which? Let’s get things straight…err, slashed, rather. Forward slash is /, and backslash is \. Remember that the name tells you in which direction the top of the slash points. Forward slashes tell your computer you’re looking for something external to your system, like web pages.

Backslashes tell your computer you’re looking for something inside your system, like a drive or a file.