If you’ve ever needed to type a Special Character, you may know about the “Insert” option or the “Special Character” keyboard. However, did you know there are shortcut keys for Special Characters?
Here is a brief list of ALT key function combinations that will display Special Characters. Any of these will work in any Office program (ie: Word, Excel, etc).
ALT + 128 = Ç
ALT + 129 = ü
ALT + 130 = é
ALT + 131 = â
ALT + 132 = ä
ALT + 133 = à
ALT + 134 = å
ALT + 155 = ¢
ALT + 156 = £
ALT + 157 = ¥
ALT + 160 = á
ALT + 251 = √
ALT + 253 = ²
ALT + 259 = ♥
ALT + 272 = →
ALT + 276 = ¶
Try these and any other numeric combination with the “ALT” key and see what appears.
A really common example is when users need to use the “é” in a Word document. In this case, press the ALT key plus the number 130 and the symbol will appear correctly with the accent symbol above the letter e.
When you don’t use Special Characters, the word can take on an entirely different meaning. This is especially true when typing foreign language words.
Using Office Special Characters can make you look like you know what you’re doing. Using Office Special Characters through keyboard shortcuts will make you look like an expert!
HINT: These Special Characters may also work in Internet forms and pages.
There’s no need to learn or memorize all of them. However, if there are a couple that you use all the time, then memorize those and make your life easier.