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Windows - Alt Key Numeric Codes

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This page list codes for accented letters and other characters. In order to use these codes, your computer should have a separate numeric keypad on the right. If it does not, then another method of inputting accents is recommended.

The list is organized by type. If you need more information on how to type the codes, please read the detailed instructions. These tables show select codes only, not all possible codes.

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  1. Letters with Accents - (e.g. ó, ò, ñ)
  2. Other Foreign Characters - (e.g. ç, ¿, ß)
  3. Currency Symbols - (e.g. ¢, £, ¥)
  4. Math Symbols - (e.g. ±, °, ÷)
  5. Other Punctuation - (e.g. &, ©, §)
  6. Using the Codes
  7. Other Accents and Symbols: Character Map Other Page
  8. Non-Numeric Accent Codes: Activate International Keyboard Other Page
  9. Links to Other References

Letters with Accents

This list is organized by Accent type. To determine the appropriate numeric code, match the accent with the vowel. See the individual By Language pages to see how to handle other accents.

Windows Alt Codes for Accented Vowels
Accent A E I O U Y
Grave
Capital
À
0192
È
0200
Ì
0204
Ò
0210
Ù
0217
 
Grave Lower Case à
0224
è
0232
ì
0236
ò
0242
ù
0249
 
Acute
Capital
Á
0193
É
0201
Í
0205
Ó
0211
Ú
0218
Ý
0221
Acute Lower Case á
0225
é
0233
í
0237
ó
0243
ú
0250
ý
0253
Circumflex
Capital
Â
0194
Ê
0202
Î
0206
Ô
0212
Û
0219
 
Circumflex Lower Case â
0226
ê
0234
î
0238
ô
0244
û
0251
 
Tilde
Capital
Ã
0195
-- Ñ
0209
Õ
0213
--  
Tilde Lower Case ã
0227
-- ñ
0241
õ
0245
--  
Umlaut
Capital
Ä
0196
Ë
0203
Ï
0207
Ö
0214
Ü
0220
Ÿ
0159
Umlaut Lower Case ä
0228
ë
0235
ï
0239
ö
0246
ü
0252
ÿ
0255

 

Example: To input the acute a á (0225), hold down the ALT key, type 0225 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key.

If you are having problems inputting these codes, please review the instructions for using the codes at the bottom of this Web page.

Additional Codes

See the Specific Language Page for additional codes for accented characters. Note that codes may only work in Microsoft Office.

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Other Foreign Characters

These include special punctuation and unique consonant and vowel symbols.

Windows Alt Codes for Foreign Characters
SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
¡ Upside-down exclamation mark 0161
¿ Upside-down question mark 0191
Ç, ç French C cedille (caps/lowecase) 0199
0231
Œ,œ O-E ligature (caps/lowecase) 0140
0156
ß German Sharp/Double S 0223
º, ª Masculine Ordinal Number (Span/Ital/Portuguese)
Feminine Ordinal Number
0186
0170
Ø,ø Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase) 0216
0248
Å,å Nordic A ring (caps/lowecase), Angstrom sign 0197
0229
Æ, æ A-E ligature (caps/lowecase) 0198
0230
Þ, þ Icelandic/Old English Thorn (caps/lowecase)
See other Old English Characters
0222
0254
Ð, ð Icelandic/Old English Eth (caps/lowecase)
See other Old English Characters
0208
0240
« » Spanish/French angle quotation marks 0171
0187
‹ › Spanish/French angle single quotation marks 0139
0155
Š š Czech S hachek (S Caron)
(caps/lowercase)
See other Czech Characters
0138
0154
Ž ž Czech Z hachek (Z Caron)
(caps/lowercase)
See other Czech Characters
0142
0158

Additional Codes

See the Specific Language Page for additional codes for additional foreign language characters. Note that codes may only work in Microsoft Office.

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Currency Symbols

Windows Alt Code for Currency Symbols
SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
¢ Cent sign 0162
£ British Pound 0163
Euro currency 0128
¥ Japanese Yen 0165
ƒ Dutch Florin 0131
¤ Generic currency symbol 0164

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Math Symbols

Windows Alt Codes for Math Symbols
SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
÷ Division sign 0247
° Degree symbol 0176
¬ Not symbol 0172
± Plus/minus 0177
µ Micro 0181
Per Mille (1/1000th) 0137

Fractions

These codes produce fractions which are spaced on one line.

Windows Alt Codes - Fractions
SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
¼ Fraction 1/4 0188
½ Fraction 1/2 0189
¾ Fraction 3/4 0190

Superscript and Subscript

Check these references for other methods to implement superscript/subscript and extra fractions

Additional Math Codes

See the Unicode Math Chart for additional codes for math symbols. Note that they only work in Microsoft Office and that you should use the non-Hex code. For instance an entry ∛ for the cube root symbol (∛) would corrspond to ALT+8731 in Word.

 

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Other Punctuation

These incude copyright symbols and special section marks.

Windows Alt Codes for Punctuation
SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
© Copyright symbol 0169
® Registered symbol 0174
Trademark 0153
List Dot 0149
§ Section Symbol 0167
Dagger 0134
Double Dagger 0135
en-dash 0150
em-dash 0151
Paragraph Symbol (Pilcrow) 0182

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Using the Codes

Windows assigns a numeric code to different accented letters, other foreign characters and special mathematical symbols. For instance the code for lower case á is 0225, and the code for capital Á is 0193. The ALT key input is used to manually insert these letters and symbols by calling the numeric code assigned to them.

To use the codes:

  1. Place your cursor in the location where you wish to insert a special character.
  2. Activate the numeric key pad on the right of the keyboard by pressing Num Lock (upper right of keyboard). The Num Lock light on the keyboard will indicate that the numeric key pad is on.

    NOTE: You must use the numeric key pad; if you use the number keys on the top of the keyboard, the characters will not appear. If you are on a laptop or computer without a separate numeric keypad one of the other methods is recommended.
  3. While pressing down the ALT key, type the four-digit code on the numeric key pad at the right edge of the keyboard. The codes are "case sensitive." For instance, the code for lower-case á is ALT+0225, but capital Á is ALT+0193.

    NOTE: If you have the International keyboard activated, you will only be able to input codes with the ALT key on the left side of the keyboard.
  4. Release the ALT key. The character will appear when the ALT key is released.

    NOTE: You must include the initial zero in the code. For example to insert á (0225) you must type ALT+0225, NOT ALT+225.

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Links to External Reference Pages

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Last Modified: Monday, 05-Aug-2013 12:43:50 EDT