Hardware

TR Community tip: Add special characters with a keyboard shortcut

In this tip by TR member Jacky Howe, you'll learn a keyboard shortcut for inserting special characters.

This tip was provided by Jacky Howe.

There are probably one or two special characters that you use regularly (for example, ® and ©). It can be a real time-waster to open your Character Map every time you want to insert one of these symbols. So don't! Here's a keyboard shortcut for Windows XP.

  1. Open the Character Map by clicking Start | All Programs | Accessories
  2. Select System Tools, and then click Character Map
  3. Click the © symbol

Notice that the bottom-right corner of the Character Map shows the keyboard shortcut used to insert the special character. Write it down for later use. When you want to insert that character, here's the trick: Position the cursor where you want to insert the special character, then with the NumLk key on, hold down the Alt key and use the number pad keys to type the character value. Enjoy!

Send in your own TR Community tip that we can feature in the TR Out Loud blog to trol@techrepublic.com.

About Sonja Thompson

Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

Editor's Picks

Free Newsletters, In your Inbox