Keyboard symbols

Keyboard symbols (shortcut codes for text symbols and characters)Sïmbolos del teclado (atajos para símbolos de texto)
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You've seen tons of text symbols on Facebook, Myspace and YouTube. Special characters rose to popularity along with social networking. Most text signs, like ♥ aren't really used in books and references, but are easily recognisable graphemes.

Main reasons why symbols are rising to prominence are that they convey same meaning as words, but in a smaller space and they are well recognised among all internet users across the globe independent of their language, culture or ethnicity. Another reason is that they are often used as building blocks of text pictures to depict different emotions, concepts, images and other stuff (✿◠‿◠) You can type symbols right from your keyboard. I'm going to show you how. Also, if you want to check out all the symbols you have in each of font you got installed on your computer, check out Character Maps. ≧◔◡◔≦


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

My Windows keyboard layout with symbols (custom)My Windows keyboard layout with symbols Want to access symbols really fast from your keyboard? Install my custom keyboard layout. E̲n̲t̲i̲r̲e̲l̲y̲ free. Includes source file, so you can edit it the way you want.

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

Emoji on iOS

How to input Emoji on iOS iPhone, iPod & iPad (illustrated)How to input Emoji on iOS iPhone, iPod & iPad Simple and beautiful way to discover how to add a virtual keyboard for Emoji symbols visible as small pictures. The keyboard itself is preinstalled on your iOS device, so you don't have to download, or buy anything.

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 charactersHTML 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 entitiesEntity 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 2014-01-10 23:07:09

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You can find ñ and it's Alt code in cool letters article. This page is dedicated to quick overviews of techniques for entering symbols. You can find the symbols in other parts of my websites. =)