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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.

Cheers!

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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10 comments:

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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  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

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  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!

    Thanks...

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

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  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

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