All the symbols are not available in keyboard! If you are using the US keyboard then the Euro (€), Pound (£) symbols are not available there.
Also the Copyright (©) symbol is not available in keyboards in general. Again, what about that if you want to type ½? There is a option to insert those symbols in the popular application Microsoft Word. Another way to insert the symbols is using of Character map in Windows. But those methods are not so handy.
Do you know that the popular and mostly used symbols can be typed right from your keyboard? — If not then follow this tutorial.
Suppose you want to type the Euro symbol. Then hold the ALT key and type 0128 from the Numpad in your keyboard and release the ALT key.
Note: Only the numbers, typed from Numpad in your keyboard will work for this purpose. The general number keys will not work. And unless you release the ALT key after typing the numbers, you won’t see the symbol.
This method works in any interface and also it is platform independent. You can apply this method in Windows, Linux as well as in web pages**.
Followings are the key combination of some popular and mostly used symbols working with most general fonts:
Euro ( € ): Alt + 0128 Pound (£): Alt + 0163 Cents (¢): Alt + 0162 One-half (½): Alt + 0189 Registered (®): Alt + 0174 Copyright (©): Alt + 0169 Bullet ( • ): Alt + 0149 Trademark ( ™ ): Alt + 0153 Ellipsis (...): Alt + 0133 "EN" Dash ( – ): Alt + 0150 "EM" Dash ( — ): Alt + 0151 Paragraph (Pilcrow) ( ¶ ): Alt + 0182
You can also type French, Greek, German accent from the keyboard. Followings are some examples:
French accent: (à) → Alt + 0224 (ç) → Alt + 0231 (è) → Alt + 0232 (é) → Alt + 0233 (ê) → Alt + 0234 German accent:(ü) → Alt + 0252 Spanish accent:(ñ)→ Alt + 0241
Click here to Download more Spanish, French and German accent shortcuts (PDF version).
The math symbols like Arrow, Greek alphabets etc; Smiley, Love signs can be also typed from the keyboard. Here are some shortcuts.
Equivalent (≡): Alt + 240 Greater than (≥): Alt + 242 All the math symbols: Alt + 240 - 253 All the Greek Alphabets: Alt + 224 - 238 Arrows: Alt + 23 - 29 Heart: Alt + 3 Diamond: Alt + 4 Club: Alt + 5 Spade: Alt + 6 Smiley face: Alt + 1 Bullet: Alt + 7 Bullet: Alt + 8 Music Notes: Alt + 14 Sun: Alt + 15
**Here is some HTML codes for the web pages.
Euro (€): € Cent (¢): ¢ Pound sterling (£): £ Yen (¥): ¥ Copyright (©): © Trademark (™): ™ Registered trademark (®): ® Degree (°): ° Pi (π): π Bullet (•): • Em dash (—): — Inverted exclamation (¡): ¡ Inverted question (¿): ¿ Heart symbol (♥): ♥ Section sign (§): § Non-breaking space:   Umlout o (ö): ö
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