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Microsoft Keyboards - Standard English (US101)

Typing Diacritics And Special Characters

Other Keyboards:

Macintosh Keyboard
Microsoft English US-International Keyboard


Microsoft International Keyboard Layouts:



Microsoft Keyboards - Common Shortcut Keys
Create any Character using Unicode values

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Microsoft Standard English (United States 101) Keyboard

Typing International & Special Characters using the <Alt> key and the right-side numeric keypad.
<Num Lock>key must be on!

NOTE* Not all characters are available in all font faces or in all browsers - the following table is based on the Times-New Roman or Arial font face and Internet Explorer v5.5. Consult the Microsoft Character Map to see what special characters are available for different fonts on your system. These special characters also work with the Microsoft English US-International keyboard.
Press and hold the <Alt> key while typing the numbers shown to make the special characters:
Alt 0128 Euro currency symbol   Alt 0195 Ã A tilde
Alt 0131 ƒ Florin, Guilder or Gulden    Alt 0196
Alt 142
Ä A umlaut
Alt 0132 Base line double quote   Alt 0197
Alt 143
Å A ring
Alt 0133 Ellipsis   Alt 0198
Alt 146
Æ AE ligature
Alt 0134 Dagger   Alt 0199
Alt 128
Ç C cedilla
Alt 0135 Double Dagger   Alt 0200 È E grave
Alt 0136 ˆ Circumflex   Alt 0201
Alt 144
É E acute
Alt 0137 Permille   Alt 0202 Ê E circumflex
Alt 0138 Š S caron (hacek)   Alt 0203 Ë E umlaut
Alt 0139 Left single guillemet   Alt 0204  Ì I grave
Alt 0140 Œ OE ligature   Alt 0205 Í I acute
Alt 0142 Ž Z caron (hacek)   Alt 0206 Î I circumflex
Alt 0145 Left single quote   Alt 0207 Ï I umlaut
Alt 0146 Right single quote   Alt 0208 Ð Capital Eth
Alt 0147 Left double quote   Alt 0209
Alt 165
Ñ N tilde
Alt 0148 Right double quote   Alt 0210 Ò O grave
Alt 0149 Bullet   Alt 0211 Ó O acute
Alt 0150 En dash   Alt 0212 Ô O circumflex
Alt 0151 Em dash   Alt 0213 Õ O tilde
Alt 0152 ˜ Tilde   Alt 0214
Alt 153
Ö O umlaut
Alt 0153 Trademark   Alt 0215 × Multiply sign
Alt 0154 š s caron (hacek)   Alt 0216 Ø O slash
Alt 0155 Right single guillemet   Alt 0217 Ù U grave
Alt 0156 œ oe ligature   Alt 0218 Ú U acute
Alt 0158 ž z caron (hacek)    LINK   Alt 0219 Û U circumflex
Alt 0159 Ÿ Y umlaut   Alt 0220
Alt 154
Ü U umlaut
Alt 0161
Alt 173
¡ Inverted exclamation   Alt 0222 Þ Capital thorn
Alt 0162
Alt 155
¢ Cent   Alt 0223
Alt 225
ß Esszet
(sz ligature)
(sharp "s")   LINK
Alt 0163
Alt 156
£ Pound sterling   Alt 0224
Alt 133
à a grave
Alt 0164 ¤ Currency   Alt 0225
Alt 160
á a acute
Alt 0165
Alt 157
¥ Yen   Alt 0226
Alt 131
â a circumflex
Alt 0166 ¦ Broken vertical bar   Alt 0227 ã a tilde
Alt 0167 § Section sign   Alt 0228
Alt 132
ä a umlaut
Alt 0168 ¨ Umlaut (dieresis)   Alt 0229
Alt 134
å a ring
Alt 0169 © Copyright   Alt 0230
Alt 145
æ ae ligature
Alt 0170
Alt 166
ª Feminine ordinal   Alt 0231
Alt 135
ç c cedilla
Alt 0171
Alt 174
« Left guillemet   Alt 0232
Alt 138
è e grave
Alt 0172
Alt 170
¬ Logical Not sign   Alt 0233
Alt 130
é e acute
Alt 0173 ­ Soft hyphen (html: &shy;)   Alt 0234
Alt 136
ê e circumflex
Alt 0174 ® Registered trademark   Alt 0235
Alt 137
ë e umlaut
Alt 0175 ¯ Macron   Alt 0236
Alt 141
ì i grave
Alt 0176
Alt 248
° Degree sign   Alt 0237
Alt 161
í i acute
Alt 0177
Alt 241
± Plus or minus   Alt 0238
Alt 140
î i circumflex
Alt 0178
Alt 253
² Superscript 2   Alt 0239
Alt 139
ï i umlaut
Alt 0179 ³ Superscript 3   Alt 0240 ð Small Eth
Alt 0180 ´ Acute accent   Alt 0241
Alt 164
ñ n tilde
Alt 0181
Alt 230 
µ Mu or micro   Alt 0242
Alt 149
ò o grave
Alt 0182 Paragraph (pilcrow)   Alt 0243
Alt 162
ó o acute
Alt 0183
Alt 250
· Middle dot   Alt 0244
Alt 147
ô o circumflex
Alt 0184 ¸ Cedilla mark   Alt 0245 õ o tilde
Alt 0185 ¹ Superscript 1   Alt 0246
Alt 148
ö o umlaut
Alt 0186
Alt 167
º Masculine ordinal   Alt 0247
Alt 246
÷ Division sign
Alt 0187
Alt 175
» Right guillemet   Alt 0248 ø o slash
Alt 0188
Alt 172
¼ One quarter   Alt 0249
Alt 151
ù u grave
Alt 0189
Alt 171
½ One half   Alt 0250
Alt 163
ú u acute
Alt 0190 ¾ Three quarters   Alt 0251
Alt 150
û u circumflex
Alt 0191
Alt 168
¿ Inverted question mark   Alt 0252
Alt 129
ü u umlaut
Alt 0192 À A grave   Alt 0253 ý y acute
Alt 0193 Á A acute   Alt 0254 þ Lower case thorn
Alt 0194 Â A circumflex   Alt 0255
Alt 152
ÿ y umlaut

Inserting characters by using hexidecimal Unicode values

If you know the *Unicode (hexadecimal) value of any character, you can use the "ALT X" keyboard shortcut to enter the character directly in your document in some programs such as Microsoft Word. This is particularly useful for all special characters that are not included in the list above (such as the R-hacek  Ř (0158 ALT X )). (You must press and HOLD DOWN the "ALT" key while pressing the X)

1. Type the 4-digit Unicode (hexadecimal) value of the character, including the leading zero if applicable. (Optionally, the value string can also begin with U+)
2. Press "ALT X" - this is the ALT key and the X key at the same time.
Microsoft Word, Wordpad and some other applications will replace the string to the left of the insertion point with the character you specified.
*(Unicode: A character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium. By using more than one byte to represent each character, Unicode enables almost all of the written languages in the world to be represented by using a single character set.)

Unicode Character Table: Arabic

Many Other Unicode Character Tables Here

Microsoft Character Map

This is useful for the infrequent accent or symbol. It is located within Windows at Start - Programs - Accessories - Character Map (OR click Start, Run, and type Charmap). After choosing a font, double click the desired character(s), click on Copy, return to your document and paste.

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