How to make cool characters on your keyboard!

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  1. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    With the popularity of everyone learning how to do the | key, there is something even cooler you can do with your keyboard what you might not know about.

    Go ahead, try this:

    Hold down the ALT key and press any random number on your keypad.

    See what comes up!

    Here's what I was able to do:

    ÷



    ç
    £


    Enjoy!

    Love,
    Wafflecheese

  2. Aficionada profile image84
    Aficionadaposted 8 years ago

    It's fun, isn't it?  I got a huge charge out of learning about that, when I needed to add umlauts to a, o, and u in German.  ä (alt+0228), ö (alt+0246), ü (alt+0252). 

    One way to find out the numbers you need to type in is to start out in a word-processing file, click on "Insert>Symbol" and then look at the bottom of the dialog box for the shortcut key, which will partly depend on the font you have selected. 

    You probably could use this feature with your Greek teaching, because the Greek alphabet is available this way!  Here's another rush:  in a word-processing file, type in 04E8 then immediately alt+x.  Be sure the x is not capitalized.  (This does not work in this reply-box, by the way.)

  3. IzzyM profile image88
    IzzyMposted 8 years ago

    Be very careful what you do with the alt key!

    I'd got used to using alt + 3 numbers from the numeric keypad to make a half sign, or a quarter sign.

    Then one day, I forgot the number sequence.

    I tried others and managed to turn the screen upside down!

    This was on Windows XP and I had a bit of fun (after hours of sweating trying to find out what numbers I'd pressed so I could undo the damage) doing the same to friends' computers!

    This was a couple of years ago, and of course I have forgotten the sequence again by now.

    Just be warned.

    There are a lot of potentially damaging keyboard shortcuts out there!

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      ryankettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed, I heard that there is a combination which actually sends you back to 1969.... one of those MI5 secrets!

      1. IzzyM profile image88
        IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        big_smile big_smile big_smile

        I wouldn't say no to that.
        Imagine being in 1969 and knowing all the Derby winners or the Grand National Winners for years to come!

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          ryankettposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          True, but on the downaide.... No hubpages!

          1. IzzyM profile image88
            IzzyMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            No, but I'd have known about them before they started and been on it right from the start!

  4. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

    For pure down time I plan to do this - it uses no brain cells. smile

  5. WaffleCheese profile image44
    WaffleCheeseposted 8 years ago

    τ↔[ε∩↕På∙

  6. Origin profile image60
    Originposted 8 years ago

    This is how I always do the © symbol and such (ALT+0169), among others. big_smile

  7. timorous profile image83
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    In case you didn't see it in the other thread about keyboard characters, here's a link to a listing of all the ASCII characters:


    http://ascii-table.com/ansi-codes.php

    Have fun smile

  8. efeyas profile image86
    efeyasposted 8 years ago

    Thats cool. I am going to use that on my Ebay feedback!

 
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