Creating special characters

March 24, 2008

Problem: Jane from Sydney asked:

Do you know how to set up shortcuts either in Word or using your keyboard to get accented characters, such as those used in French?

Solution: Sure do, Jane! Hold down the ALT key as you press a sequence of keys. For a full list of each special character’s key combination, go to: http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboards.asp
Example: ALT+0128 creates the Euro symbol € and ALT+0231 creates ç.

By the way, these key combinations work in any text editor, from Notepad, to Outlook, to Word…

[This article was first published in the June 2007 CyberText Newsletter; link last checked January 2008; confirmed these steps work in Word 2007, 21 August 2008]

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