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Accents & Special Character

Windows - Alt Key Numeric Codes

This page list codes for accented letters and other characters. In order to use these codes, your computer MUST have a separate numeric keypad on the right.

The list is organized by type. These tables show select codes only, not all possible codes.

  1. Letters with Accents - (e.g. , , )

  2. Other Foreign Characters - (e.g. , , )

  3. Currency Symbols - (e.g. , , )

  4. Math Symbols - (e.g. , , )

  5. Other Punctuation - (e.g. &, , )

  6. Using the Codes

Letters with Accents

This list is organized by Accent type. To determine the appropriate numeric code, match the accent with the vowel.

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Accent

A

E

I

O

U

Y

Grave
(Cap)


0192


0200


0204


0210


0217

 

Grave (Lower)


0224


0232


0236


0242


0249

 

Acute
(Cap)


0193


0201


0205


0211


0218


0221

Acute (Lower)


0225


0233


0237


0243


0250


0253

Circumflex
(Cap)


0194


0202


0206


0212


0219

 

Circumflex (Lower)


0226


0234


0238


0244


0251

 

Tilde
(Cap)


0195

--


0209


0213

--

 

Tilde (Lower)


0227

--


0241


0245

--

 

Umlaut
(Cap)


0196


0203


0207


0214


0220


0159

Umlaut (Lower)


0228


0235


0239


0246


0252


0255

 

Example: To input the acute a (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.

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Other Foreign Characters

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These include special punctuation and unique consonant and vowel symbols.

SYMBOL

NAME

CODE NUMBER

Upside-down exclamation mark

0161

Upside-down question mark

0191

,

French C cedille (caps/lowecase)

0199
0231

,

O-E ligature (caps/lowecase)

0140
0156

German Sharp/Double S

0223

,

Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase)

0216
0248

,

Nordic A ring (caps/lowecase), Angstrom sign

0197
0229

,

A-E ligature (caps/lowecase)

0198
0230

,

Icelandic/Old English Thorn (caps/lowecase)

0222
0254

,

Icelandic/Old English Eth (caps/lowecase)

0208
0240

Spanish/French quotation marks

0187
0171

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Currency Symbols

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SYMBOL

NAME

CODE NUMBER

Cent sign

0162

British Pound

0163

Euro currency

0128

Japanese Yen

0165

Dutch Florin

0131

Generic currency symbol

0164

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Math Symbols

SYMBOL

NAME

CODE NUMBER

Division sign

0247

Degree symbol

0176

Not symbol

0172

Plus/minus

0177

Micro

0181

 

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Other Punctuation

These include copyright symbols and special section marks.

SYMBOL

NAME

CODE NUMBER

Copyright symbol

0169

Registered symbol

0174

Trademark

0153

Bullet / List Dot

0149

Section Symbol

0167

en-dash

0150

em-dash

0151

Paragraph Symbol

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 is 0225, and the code for capital 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 is ALT+0225, but capital 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 (0225) you must type ALT+0225, NOT ALT+225.

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