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    Lightbulb How to make symbols with keyboard.

    This looks to me like the most likely place for posting this. It is a list of key formulas for creating special symbols from your keyboard. I have not tried them all but found that on my machine it works using the square of numbers on the right side but not with the linear numbers along the top.

    HOW TO MAKE SYMBOLS WITH KEYBOARD

    Alt + 0153..... ... trademark symbol
    Alt + 0169.... .... copyright symbol
    Alt + 0174..... ....registered * trademark symbol
    Alt + 0176 .........degree symbol
    Alt + 0177 .......plus-or *-minus sign
    Alt + 0182 ........paragr*aph mark
    Alt + 0190 .......fractio*n, three-fourths
    Alt + 0215 .........multi*plication sign
    Alt + 0162.......the * cent sign
    Alt + 0161.......... *.upside down exclamation point
    Alt + 0191.......... *upside down question mark
    Alt + 1.......☺....smiley face
    Alt + 2 ......☻.....black smiley face
    Alt + 15.....☼.....sun
    Alt + 12......♀.....female sign
    Alt + 11.....♂......m*ale sign
    Alt + 6.......♠.....spade
    Alt + 5.......♣...... *Club
    Alt + 3.......♥...... *Heart
    Alt + 4.......♦...... *Diamond
    Alt + 13......♪.....e*ighth note
    Alt + 14......♫...... *beamed eighth note
    Alt + 8721.... ∑.... N-ary summation (auto sum)
    Alt + 251.....√.....square root check mark
    Alt + 8236.....∞..... *infinity
    Alt + 24.......↑..... *up arrow
    Alt + 25......↓...... *down arrow
    Alt + 26.....→.....r*ght arrow
    Alt + 27......←.....l*eft arrow
    Alt + 18.....↕......u*p/down arrow
    Alt + 29......↔...lef*t right arrow

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    That's pretty helpful, actually. So much so that I've bookmarked the thread.





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    I must be lame but I am struggling to make those work. I tried asking 'google', my neighbor...even my 16 year-old. I so want the music icon and the upside down !

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    Oooh, thanks for posting these. I've copied them to my computer and can't wait to start trying these. Very helpful info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin View Post
    I must be lame but I am struggling to make those work. I tried asking 'google', my neighbor...even my 16 year-old. I so want the music icon and the upside down !
    Hold the "Alt" button down, punch in the numbers from the square on the right of the keyboard then release the "Alt" button.

    On my unit it does not work with the numbers along the top row.
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    I seem to get a different (and less desirable) font inserting with the alt codes than I do selecting from the insertion table. (Using Oo and winXP.) Not sure how to illustrate that here.

    All the instructions I looked at required using the number pad, but there are separate instructions for windows laptops which I didn't peruse.
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    I've got a logitech keyboard for my iPad and recently I went through all the combinations of SHIFT and ALT to garner every single character the keyboard was capable of creating.

    List:
    None, Shift, Alt, Shift+Alt, Function (if applicable)

    1 ! ⁄
    2 @ ™ €
    3 # ‹
    4 $ ›
    5 % ∞ fi
    6 ^ fl
    7 & ‡
    8 * •
    9 (
    0 ) ‚
    - _ – —
    = + ≠
    a A
    b B ∫ ı
    c C
    d D ∂
    e E
    f F ƒ
    g G ˝
    h H ˙
    i I ∆
    j J ∆
    k K ˚ 
    l L
    m M
    n N ˜ ˜
    o O
    p P π ∏
    q Q œ Œ
    r R ‰
    s S
    t T † ˇ
    u U
    v V √ ◊
    w W ∑ „
    x X ≈ ˛
    y Y
    z Z Ω
    [ { “ ” ~
    ] } ‘ ’ `
    \ |
    ; : …
    ' "
    , < ≤
    . > ≥ ˘
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    Quote Originally Posted by Staff Deployment View Post
    I've got a logitech keyboard for my iPad and recently I went through all the combinations of SHIFT and ALT to garner every single character the keyboard was capable of creating.
    Impressive. When you bought your equipment did the manufacturer point out that feature? I am sort of wondering why I have never come across this sort of information before.

    Anyway I have a Toshiba laptop (Windows) and what I posted works on that system. I have no clue how, or how not, it would go on other systems as I have a hard enough time keeping track of my own.
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    I am sort of wondering why I have never come across this sort of information before.
    Needing the ascii codes for characters is common in scripting and coding, but I didn't know you could access them this way for word processing, I always did it through the insert symbol menu function. My word processor shows these alt numbers when you select a symbol there, although there's way more symbols than numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ppsage View Post
    there's way more symbols than numbers.
    I suspect this is due to the need for extra characters in other languages. If I remember correctly, the "symbols" tool contains the entire arabic alphabet, including letters literally written in arabic.
    And potentially more that I might not be aware of. If it's not obvious by now, I rarely these days actually sit down at a desktop computer. Ain't nobody got time for dat

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