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Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

Useful Alt Codes

The chances are that your computer keyboard does not provide you with every character you’re ever going to need. For example, users of US keyboards may not have access to a Euro (€) symbol, and UK keyboards certainly don’t contain the Spanish ‘ñ’ character…indispensable if you ever need to write mañana. While Microsoft Windows includes a utility called CharMap which helps you insert these letters, knowing some shortcuts to characters you use more frequently can be very helpful.

Luckily, these characters and many, many more can be accessed by holding down the ‘Alt’ key to left of the spacebar on your keyboard, typing a numeric code on the numeric keypad (the one on the right of the keyboard) and then letting go of the Alt key. Below are some of the more useful alt codes:

Alt + 156 £ Pound
Alt + 0128 Euro
Alt + 0162 ¢ Cent
Alt + 0165 ¥ Yen
Alt + 0169 © Copyright
Alt + 0174 ® Registered Sign
Alt + 0153 Trade Mark
Alt + 0188 ¼ Fraction: Quarter
Alt + 0189 ½ Fraction: Half
Alt + 0190 ¾ Fraction: Three Quarters
Alt + 0178 ² Superscript Two
Alt + 0179 ³ Superscript Three
Alt + 11 Male Symbol
Alt + 12 Female Symbol
Alt + 0241 ñ Lowercase n with Tilde
Alt + 0209 Ñ Uppercase N with Tilde

You can view a comprehensive reference sheet here:

Useful Alt Codes Reference

Useful Alt Codes Reference