16Dec2008

Character map

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There are several ways you can put special characters into your chat, or any document under Microsoft Windows.  Obviously, the easiest way is to copy it from somewhere and paste it in.  But where do you copy it from?

There is a little-known tool called the Character Map which you can use (see Start/Programs/Accessories on your Taskbar) , or you can use what we call "ALT+" codes.  For example, suppose you want to spell [my favourite word] Nescafé ... to produce the "e acute" you hold down the ALT key on the keyboard, then type 0233 from the numeric keypad  (not the row of numbers above "QWERTY..." ), then release the ALT key and the letter appears.

The table below lists the printable characters and their corresponding ALT+codes:

ALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
SymbolALT
Code
Symbol
0033 ! 0034 " 0035 # 0036 $ 0037 % 0038 & 0039 '
0040 ( 0041 ) 0042 * 0043 + 0044 , 0045 - 0046 .
0047 / 0048 0 0049 1 0050 2 0051 3 0052 4 0053 5
0054 6 0055 7 0056 8 0057 9 0058 : 0059 ; 0060 <
0061 = 0062 > 0063 ? 0064 @ 0065 A 0066 B 0067 C
0068 D 0069 E 0070 F 0071 G 0072 H 0073 I 0074 J
0075 K 0076 L 0077 M 0078 N 0079 O 0080 P 0081 Q
0082 R 0083 S 0084 T 0085 U 0086 V 0087 W 0088 X
0089 Y 0090 Z 0091 [ 0092 \ 0093 ] 0094 ^ 0095 _
0096 ` 0097 a 0098 b 0099 c 0100 d 0101 e 0102 f
0103 g 0104 h 0105 i 0106 j 0107 k 0108 l 0109 m
0110 n 0111 o 0112 p 0113 q 0114 r 0115 s 0116 t
0117 u 0118 v 0119 w 0120 x 0121 y 0122 z 0123 {
0124 | 0125 } 0126 ~ 0127  0128 0129  0130
0131 ƒ 0132 0133 0134 0135 0136 ˆ 0137
0138 Š 0139 0140 Œ 0141  0142 Ž 0143  0144 
0145 0146 0147 0148 0149 0150 0151
0152 ˜ 0153 0154 š 0155 0156 œ 0157  0158 ž
0159 Ÿ 0160   0161 ¡ 0162 ¢ 0163 £ 0164 ¤ 0165 ¥
0166 ¦ 0167 § 0168 ¨ 0169 © 0170 ª 0171 « 0172 ¬
0173 ­ 0174 ® 0175 ¯ 0176 ° 0177 ± 0178 ² 0179 ³
0180 ´ 0181 µ 0182 0183 · 0184 ¸ 0185 ¹ 0186 º
0187 » 0188 ¼ 0189 ½ 0190 ¾ 0191 ¿ 0192 À 0193 Á
0194 Â 0195 Ã 0196 Ä 0197 Å 0198 Æ 0199 Ç 0200 È
0201 É 0202 Ê 0203 Ë 0204 Ì 0205 Í 0206 Î 0207 Ï
0208 Ð 0209 Ñ 0210 Ò 0211 Ó 0212 Ô 0213 Õ 0214 Ö
0215 × 0216 Ø 0217 Ù 0218 Ú 0219 Û 0220 Ü 0221 Ý
0222 Þ 0223 ß 0224 à 0225 á 0226 â 0227 ã 0228 ä
0229 å 0230 æ 0231 ç 0232 è 0233 é 0234 ê 0235 ë
0236 ì 0237 í 0238 î 0239 ï 0240 ð 0241 ñ 0242 ò
0243 ó 0244 ô 0245 õ 0246 ö 0247 ÷ 0248 ø 0249 ù
0250 ú 0251 û 0252 ü 0253 ý 0254 þ 0255 ÿ