How to copy & paste music symbols

You can use music symbols to decorate your text or to explain musical notation in documents or websites. Though there is not a key on your computer keyboard to create musical symbols, you can copy and paste the symbols from a website that has created the symbol using HTML entity code. You can also type your own musical symbols using desktop alt keyboard number codes.

Go to the Computer Text Symbols website (see Resources). The "HTML entity" section displays the music symbols that you can create with HTML code.

Left-click with your mouse and drag it across the music symbol to highlight it.

Right-click the highlighted symbol and choose "Copy" from the drop-down menu.

Open the location where you want to paste the music symbol.

Right-click and choose "Paste" from the drop-down menu. A copy of the music symbol will appear.

Open a text document on your desktop computer.

Turn on the "Num Lock" on your desktop keyboard.

Hold the "Alt" button down and type "13" or "14."

Release the "Alt" button and a music symbol will appear. You can copy and paste the music symbol into other documents or websites.

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