Special Symbols

Have you ever needed to enter a special symbol into something that you are typing on your computer? Various programs provide their own method of adding special symbols to what you are typing but there is a very simple method that works with all windows programs because the entry is processed by windows itself.

Instead of figuring out if a specific program has its own method of allowing you to enter special symbols, you can create them directly in any document that you are working on (whether it be a word document, email, or whatever) by entering an ALT code via the numeric keypad of your keyboard.

To enter special symbols via the keyboard you hold down the ALT key then type 0 followed by a three digit code using the numeric keypad. When you release the ALT key the special symbol corresponding to the three digit code will be displayed.

So what are these three digit codes? Well I am not going to provide a complete list but the following are ones that you may find useful. I have used a word description of the symbol as they will not display correctly in your browser:

ALT CodeDescription
0190three quarters

Note that the symbol codes are dependent on the particular character sets that you have loaded on your system. The above are ones that work on my system. If you have different character sets loaded then the codes on your system may be different.

Also note that there are ALT codes available where you don't type a zero on the front of the number that are different than the ones with the zero. These appear to be less useful.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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