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Special Characters and their Codes

Special Character

4-digit code

Description

0150

en-dash

0151

em-dash

0153

TradeMark

0169

Copyright

0174

R in circle

0162

cents

0163

pound

0128

euro

0176

degree

0177

plus/minus

Special Character

4-digit code

Description

0188

1/4 fraction

0189

1/2 fraction

0190

3/4 fraction

0247

divide by

0145

single quote left

0146

single quote right

0147

double quote left

0148

double quote right

0149

solid round bullet

To use these codes, see the Power User Method notes below.


Inserting Special Characters
There are a number of characters in the printable character sets that do not have a corresponding key on the keyboard. These characters can be inserted into a document (or spreadsheet, etc.) by a couple of different ways.
Windows Character Map
In some versions of Windows there is the Character Map facility (depending on the Windows version, the menu option to run it might be: Start Menu, Programs, Accessories, System Tools). This facility can be used to locate the characters and then copy them to the Windows Clipboard for pasting into the document. Alternatively, some applications have a facility to Insert a Symbol.
Power User method
With some applications you can enter the special character by following these steps:
(1) placing the cursor at the point in the document where the special character is to be inserted, and
(2) with the <NumLock> key set to on,
(3) hold down the <Alt> key and type the corresponding 4-digit number on the numeric keypad (see the table below for the 4-digit number for the more common special characters).
On a laptop, or other limited-key keyboard, you may need to also hold down the special Function <Fn> key.

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