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Add Character (♦♣♠♥☺¾☼¢♀) to Hubs

Updated on May 18, 2013
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Complex symbols can't be made, but a few keys will produce: ♪ ♫

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Ever want to add a little "Heart" in your Hubs or put a little "Sunshine" in your emails?

How about including some musical notes in a Hub photo headline? ►

Maybe you want to add an arrow head (◄▲▼►) in your Hub text to indicate a nearby photo or video.

Perhaps you'd rather use the actual fraction (½) instead of spelling it out or using a decimal (.5).

It’s easy to add a little character to your writing.

Many people compose their Hubs using Microsoft Word. Then, they copy the text and paste it in HubPages. In Word you can select from a wide range of symbols packaged in Wingdings, Webdings and other font sets. You may have noticed when you copy a Word document containing these symbols and paste it in the Web the characters do NOT appear.

There are two ways around this:

  1. You can use the characters available in Hubpages.
  2. You can also use an assortment of symbols called ASCII characters. These can be inserted in emails, HubPages and other Web pages, even Word documents.

Press the Omega Symbol (Ω) to Access Hub’s Character Tool

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A package of symbols is included in the Hubs’ Text Capsule. You access the Special Character tool by clicking the blue Omega symbol (Ω) on the Text Capsule's tool bar, thus revealing a font set of 200 symbols.

To insert a character at your insertion point:

  • Press the Omega button (Ω)
  • The Select Special Character table appears.
  • Mouse over the various symbols — an enlarged view of the selected character is shown on the top right.
  • To select a character, click on it. The selection table then disappears and the character you chose is inserted in your text.

Here are a Few Symbols You Might Find Useful:

Along the top row you'll find the symbols for cents (¢) Euro () copyright (©) trademark () and a bullet (•), among others.

On the third row are a few fractions (¼, ½ and ¾).

On the bottom row, center there are a few arrows (←, →). On the right side of the bottom row you'll find the four card suits (♠, ♣, ♥ and ♦).

NOTE: Special characters cannot be inserted in the headlines or subtitles of Hubs' various capsules, However, you can only use the ASCII character method to do this. (Notice the photo credits under the picture below ▼ includes the symbol "♦".)

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Step-By-Step Directions for Inserting ASCII Characters

► Using a PC

To create ASCII characters using a Windows PC, you need to use the number keypad at the right of a standard keyboard, along with the ALT key. (If you have a laptop, see the instructions below.)

Make sure that "Number Lock" is on. The key designated Num Lock is on the top left of the number keypad, above the “7.” A small (red or yellow) indicator light will be illuminated when "Number Lock" is on.

  • Hold down the left ALT key (with your left hand).
  • Now keep the pressure down on the ALT key and type the numbers listed (below) using the keypad.
  • Release the ALT key. When you do your character will appear.


Top Row Numbers Won't Work

You must use the number keypad to enter your ASCII numbers. It won’t work if you press the numbers along the top of your keyboard.

Laptop Keys: 7,8,9,U,I,O,J,K,L,M Double as the Number Keypad

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► Using a Laptop

To create ASCII characters you need to use the number keypad, but while there isn't one sticking out of your laptop's keyboard, it does have a hidden number keypad. Your laptop shares its “keypad” with other keys. Look at the 7, 8, 9, U, I, O, J, K, L and M keys. There are little numbers printed on these keys in blue or in some other fashion that indicates these special dual function keys.

In order to use these hidden number keys, you need to turn on "Number Lock." The "Number Lock" key is indicated by a small lock symbol in blue or it may have "NumLock" printed on it in blue. Most of the times "Number Lock" shares the “Scroll,” "PrntScrn” or “Ins” keys, on the right side of the top row.

  • Press Number Lock key at the same time you hold down the Function (Fn) key. This key, located at the bottom left of your keyboard, has "Fn" printed on it (usually) in blue.
  • Once Number Lock is on you can access symbols by holding down the ALT key and typing the numbers in the list.
  • When you release the ALT key the character will appear.

NOTE: If you have trouble locating the Number Lock key, you need to consult your laptop’s User Guide.

Press "Alt" + Number on the Keypad = ASCII Special Character

Alt +
Equals
Alt +
Equals
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
• (Bullet)
8
○ (Bullet)
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
§
24
25
26
27
29
30
31
155
¢
156
£
0128
€ (Euro)
171
½
172
¼
0190
¾
0134
0153
0169
©
0174
®
175
»
0186
º (Degree)

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