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Creating Characters That Aren't On Your Keyboard

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Use Character Map to Create Special Characters in Text

Have you ever wondered how to type the copyright symbol (©) when it isn't on your keyboard? To type this and other characters that aren't on your keyboard you need to use the character map.

About Character Map
A string of characters to create a character that is not on your keyboard. For example to create the character © you hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and type 0169 into your number pad, then release the Alt key. You can also see all the characters available in character map (more about this option below).

Common Characters That Aren't On Your Keyboard To create these characters, hold down the Alt key (usually located next to the space bar) then enter the numbers on your number pad on your keyboard (located on the far right side of your keyboard). For most computers, turn on your "Num Lock" light. If it doesn't work, try turning the "Num Lock" off.

Character Character How To Create
Copyright © Alt+0169
Registered ® Alt+0174
Trademark Alt+0153
Cents Sign Alt+0162
Left Arrows Alt+0171
Right Arrows Alt+0187
Plus Minus Sign Alt+0177
Paragraph Alt+0182
One Quarter Alt+0188
One Half Alt+0189
Three Quarters Alt+0190
Upside Down Question Mark Alt+0191
Division Sign Alt+0247
Multiplication Alt+0215
Diamond Alt+0186
Percent Sign Alt+0137

Accessing Character Map for More Symbols and Characters
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map (in Windows XP). This will open the character map that looks like this:

To use character map, select the font that you are using then click the character that you want. It displays the key combination in the lower right corner or you can hit the select button then copy button. This will place the character on the keyboard to paste into another document. (copy and paste help)

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