Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hidden Symbols In Your Keyboard

Have you wanted to make a cents ¢ 
symbol or a degree º symbol and can't 
find it on your keyboard? Well, they
are hidden under the other symbols. 
Now to type 25¢ , just hold the
option key and hit 3, or to add degrees
  in 350º, hold the option key and hit 0,
same for trademark™ or make an ellipses…
All you need to do is hold down the 
option/alt key and hit the 
corresponding number/symbol key.
Here are some examples;

      regular key:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   0   
 w/option tab:  ™   £   ¢    ∞    §    ¶     •    ª     º  

regular:  -   =   ;    '    ,    .   /   
option:   –   ≠   …   æ    ≤   ≥   ÷   

regular:   [   ]   \
  option:   “   ‘    «  

But wait…there's more!
Now go across the alphabet keys
and find these; hold the option key down.

row 1(q-p):  œ ∑ ´ ® † ¥ ¨ ˆ ø π
row 2(a-l):  å ß ∂ ƒ © ˙ ∆ ˚ ¬ 
row 3(z-m):     Ω ≈ ç √ ∫ ˜ µ 

I've used the º degree symbol a lot on my 
recipe blog, Rita's Recipes for oven temps.
The cents ¢, the ellipsis… and a few others 
come in handy. Of course there a a lot more. 
I need to play around a bit and find them.


Here's another tip. Copy and paste this
chart to an email and print it; tuck it under
your keyboard for handy reference.

Definition of ellipsis (n)

Bing Dictionary
  • el·lip·sis
  • [ i lípsiss ]
  • omission of implied word: the omission of one or more words from a sentence, especially when what is omitted can be understood from the context, using three dots (...).

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  1. Does it work on an iPad? i think we have different keyboards, but cents isn't included! lol. xo

  2. This was really interesting! I had no idea that you could do this :)

  3. This is great! I have occasionally looked up how to make a degree symbol, but not often enough that I remember it. I have thought it would be nice to have a reference with all the info in one place. Thanks!

  4. I use windows 7, but I don't have an option key? All I have is FN, alt, control. I can never make the cents and degree key and would love too.

  5. Great helpful post! How do you make a heart? I'm printing this to save as you suggested. Thanks for sharing, Vicki in Louisville KY

  6. Great idea..must try to see if my computer will do this ...the cents and degree would be the ones I'd use most often!


  7. Very cool, thanks! Do you know how to type an accent over and e, like in ole? Thanks,

  8. That's a cool tip. Usually, I go through the long process of using the insert symbol route. That is not as easy, especially when you are typing a long document that has several unusual symbols required. This should be a helpful tip for school teachers as well. They frequently have to type symbols such as degrees and brackets in practice papers.

    Raymond @ CKS Global Solutions LTD