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quick tutorial with three ways for creating keyboard symbols
including Copyright, Trademark, Registered, hearts, bullets,
smiley faces, French, German and Spanish accents, currency, "en"
and "em" dashes, Wingdings, Dingbats and more.
Even though I write in English, I've often needed to type a name or word in
French, German or Spanish, using letters with accents such as à, é, ü or ñ.
But they aren't on my English keyboard. So many times I had to use e'
when what I really wanted was the accented é. There are
many words in common usage that require these accents: résumé,
tête-à-tête, à la carte....
Actually, there are three methods you can use:
The "Insert" function in Microsoft Word
The Windows "Character
Map" for copying and pasting symbols
The "Alt Key"
shortcuts for the same symbols.
Learn How to Use the "Insert" Function:
In many Windows programs (including Word and Publisher),
you can insert symbols quite easily.
On the top of the screen of your open
Word document, you'll see the
headings: File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, etc. Click on
"Insert" and on the drop-down list,
click on "Symbol." A symbol box will pop up. Click on the symbol
you want to insert into your text, then click on the insert button and close
the box. For updates that refer to Word 2007 and 2010,
(2) Using the "Character Map" in Windows:
Another method is to use the "Character Map" to
copy and paste the required symbols. In Windows (XP) you'll find the Character
Map by clicking on the Windows Start Menu, then All Programs, then
Accessories, System Tools and Character Map. The Character
Map box pops up.
Choose the font you wish to use from the
drop-down menu at the top. Place your curser where you'd like to insert the
symbol, click on the symbol you wish to insert, click on the Select
Button, then the Copy Button and then paste the symbol onto your
page (using Edit, Paste or the "Control v" shortcut). You'll also see the Alt
Key shortcut at the bottom of the Character Map, for future reference.
(3) Here's How to Make Keyboard Symbols with the "Alt" Key
...and Unicode and HTML numeric
code formats, too!
Another way is to use the "Alt" key with
a number sequence... and on websites, blogs, Squidoo, Facebook, Twitter,
etc., try the Unicode or HTML Numeric Codes.
Keyboard symbols work best with common text fonts: Arial,
Courier New and Times New Roman.
(1) Here's How to Make Windows Alt Key Symbols
Using the numeric keypad (NumLock on), hold down the Alt Key and press
the numbers shown, in succession. Then let up the Alt Key.
(2) This is the Way to Insert Unicode Symbols
Type capital letter U, the plus sign (+) and the numbers and letters as
shown, in succession. Then hold down the Alt Key and press letter x.
Then let up the Alt Key.
(3) Online We Need to Know HTML Numeric Codes
Type the Ampersand symbol, followed by the Number sign - &# - and then
the numbers in order - followed by a semi-colon.
In print publications such as flyers, it's
useful to know how to make check
boxes, checkmarks or scissors. You get these symbols
with Wingding (comes with Word) and Dingbat fonts that let you
add even more pizzazz to your documents with hearts, stars, arrows, fancy
bullets, spacers and more.
few Dingbat-style symbols come with your text fonts!
(These work with Times
New Roman and Arial, but not web-style fonts such as Verdana)
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(Heart border = Alt, 3 repeated, using Times New Roman 12 point
The "Original" PDF
Alt Key Reports
(without Unicode or HTML symbols)
300 Alt Key Text Symbols
(same list as above)
215 Wingding Symbols
Bullets • Astrological Symbols • Religious Symbols
Suns • Stars •
Smiley Faces • Decorations • Arrows
The symbol codes work best for print publications but NOT always in
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