Keypad symbols - Alt codes

Keypad symbols - Alt codesSímbolos del teclado - Códigos Alt

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You are wondering how to type symbols from keyboard? No metter if you have Windows, a Mac, or a Linux - don't worry, I'll show you how! You probably searched for "keypad symbols". Well, those are Windows alt codes - they are typed on numeric key pad on your keyboards left, if you've got a PC. If you're on a Laptop, you still, most likely have it, but you'll have to use FN key. Read my reference.



Choose which operating system would you like to type symbols.


Windows

Alt codes

Shortcut technique that works on Desktops and most Laptops running MS Windows. You press Alt and, while holding it, type a code on Num Pad. It's very easy, but not as practical for long-term usage as Shift States. Also, you can type many frequently used symbols with this method, but not all like with Shift States.

Shift states

Configure your keyboard layout in Windows so that you can type all additional symbols you want as easy as any other text. Takes about 5-10 minutes to set things up, but you'll be typing like a boss.

Character map

CharMap allows you to view and use all characters and symbols available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer.

Mac

Keyboard viewer

Mac keyboard viewer window

You can make frequently used technical non-fancy symbols like "√ ∑ π ∞ ∆ ™ © æ £ ¢" and åccénted letters on Mac using [Option] key. I've compiled a list of shortcuts in my article and explained how to open keyboard viewer. You can also use your Keyboard Viewer as an alternative to my list.


Character palette

Character Palette allows you to view and use all characters and symbols available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer.

Linux

Keyboard codes

On non-handheld Linux (not Android mobile) there are 3 great ways to type Unicode symbols with keyboard. You can code all symbols with Unicode hex codes, type lots of symbols in the most easy way with Third and fourth level choosers, and easily compose useful signs with Compose key sequences. To find out how, read references that I made.

Character map

Character map allows you to view and use all characters and symbols available in all fonts (some examples of fonts are "Arial", "Times New Roman", "Webdings") installed on your computer. It can also help you lookup Unicode codes for entering symbols with keyboard.

Android

Apps

Right now the only way I found which can help you out is with the use of free Apps like custom character map or a custom keyboard layout app. Also I intend to make an FSymbols app in some near future, but as for now check out Android's Google Play.

Put on Websites

HTML Symbols

If you want to put these symbols on your Facebook, Myspace, YouTube, or some other website - just copy-paste those symbols. But if you want to put them into HTML code of your own website - you might want to use these codes. Just copy, or type in symbol's HTML entity, either hex (&#xHEX_CODE;), or decimal (&#DECIMAL_CODE;), onto your website's source code.

HTML entity codes of Special Text characters
HTML entity codes of Special Text charactersSpecial characters in HTML. A list of special text characters and their HTML entity codes. Encoded HTML chars and their symbol codes.
Entity Tool - Escape special HTML & JavaScript character entities
Entity Tool - Escape special HTML & JavaScript character entitiesJavascript tool to convert your text with symbols into HTML, or Javascript character entities. You can insert the whole text and it will just escape special characters, leaving other characters alone. You can leave tags and ampersands unconverted.


Article updated on 2013-01-22 10:55:47