Another Forum Computer Lesson - How to Add Symbols/Special Characters not on your Keyboard

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Ever want to put in the degree symbol () or the cents sign () and get frustrated because it isn't on your keyboard?

Well, it might not show it on your keyboard...but it really is there! Here is how to do it:

You have to hold down the alt key and type a number code. When you let go of the alt key the symbol will appear. On many computers you will have to use the keypad (that little calculator thingy on the right of your keyboard) to enter your number code - it won't work with just using the top row of keyboard numbers. Here is a chart showing some of the symbols --for example, if you hold down the alt and type 167 and release the alt, the degree symbol () will appear. (there are lots more including how to make some letters with the vowel symbols over them (), foreign letters (), etc. If you need a specific one let me know):

167
171
172
156
0167
0169
0174
155
253
227
246
0134


-- Karen (mountains_mama2@hotmail.com), April 09, 2002

Answers

Thanks Karen. I always wondered how people did that. Learn something new every day. Now I just wish I knew how to fix this wacky pc after DH has been on it.

-- Terri in WV (mrs_swift_26547@yahoo.com), April 09, 2002.

This is great Karen! Thanks for the help, I appreciate it!

-- cowgirlone in ok (cowgirlone47@hotmail.com), April 10, 2002.

If you happen to be using Microsoft Word you can click on insert (on the bar across the top) and symbol on the drop down menu; a whole page of symbols appears. then just double click on the symbol. The common ones are easier to insert with the other method if you can remember them, though (which I usually can't).

Lew

-- Lew (bcl@clearsource.net), April 12, 2002.


Yes, most all word processing programs have a special character inserts in them. They are usually either listed under "insert" or "tools". If you need them and can't locate them, just click on "help" and it will tell you where to find them. They are easier to use because you don't have a code to put in, you just select the character and click. The above is for places, like here in the forum, that don't offer special characters.

-- Karen (mountains_mama@hotmail.com), April 12, 2002.

theres a few more that you left off... -789 ╚ -456 -658 ⌠ -756 ╩ -458 ┘ -985 ▄ -732 ▒ -945 -134 -0246 -0227 -0155 -0658 -0486 ╘6k23♣ y╤║ for these two rows i just pressed alt and pressed buttons!hehe

-- Christina (concha291@hotmail.com), January 04, 2003.


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