How to Make Signs With Your Keyboard

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How to Make Signs With Your Keyboard
Create symbols using a standard computer keyboard with a number pad. (keyboard image by Fyerne from

From cute symbols such as hearts and smiley faces to useful signs such as currency symbols and foreign language characters, you can add personality and accuracy to your documents using only your computer keyboard. Whether you want to send a sign over a chat program or need to add a cent sign to the end of a business document, you can learn how to quickly create these signs on both Windows and Mac operating systems.

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    Press the "Alt" key on your keyboard. You'll find it located to the left and right of the space bar. You only need to press one of the Alt keys, not both.

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    Hold the Alt key down and press a number or series of numbers on the number pad. This will create a random symbol. You can review charts and lists to see which numbers match which symbols. Only the number pad will work. Holding Alt and pressing the row of numbers along the top of the keyboard will not work. Laptops without number pads cannot create symbols with their keyboards.

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    Create specific signs and symbols by memorising the number that goes with each. To create the popular heart symbol, hold Alt and press the number 3. Let go of both keys and this heart symbol "♥" will appear. Try out the numbers 1 through 31 to find all the different basic signs and write down the ones you like. For example, "Alt + 14" gives you "♫" a music note while "Alt + 1" gives you "☺" the smiley face.

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    Create punctuation marks, currency markings and other important symbols by holding Alt and the appropriate code. These symbols come in handy for business documents and have slightly longer codes. To create a cent sign, for example, hold down Alt and press "0162." A symbol like this "¢" will appear. A list for creating these characters can be found in the resource section below.

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    Create symbols on a Mac computer by pressing the "Option" key and then a certain letter or number. Check the resource section below for a link to the various symbols and how to create them on a Mac computer.

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