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How to Use the Euro Symbol on My Laptop Keyboard

Updated March 23, 2017

The euro symbol has a handy shortcut key on most keyboards, useful for those wanting to type it frequently. Though not all laptop keyboards have the euro shortcut key labelled, there are multiple ways to type the euro symbol quickly and easily on any PC. Microsoft Word offers a universal way to type the euro symbol, and there is an alt code for the euro symbol for use on other keyboards.

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  1. Look to see whether your keyboard has a shortcut key for the euro symbol. If it is directly above a number or letter, it can be accessed by pressing Shift and the key for that character. If it is blue or yellow, it can be accessed by pressing the corresponding blue or yellow Function (Fn) key. If there is no visible symbol, go on to one of the other methods described below.

  2. Open a word processing program and type a shortcut key. On many North American computers, the euro symbol is not labelled, but can be typed in many word processing programs by pressing Ctrl-Alt-e. Alternately, in Microsoft Word, type 20ac and then press Alt-x to display the euro symbol.

  3. Type Alt-0128, if the other keyboard shortcuts don't work, by pressing and holding Alt while you type 0128 on the number pad (not the row of numbers at the top of the keyboard), while NumLock is on. On some laptops, there is a Fn shortcut to activate the number pad.

  4. Copy and paste the euro symbol from another source. If your keyboard shortcuts don't work, and you cannot access a number pad, you can copy the euro symbol from a document or website and paste it where needed.

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Sam Foner began writing, teaching and performing in 1997. He has presented and lectured for many global associations, including the Young Presidents Organization and Rotary International, and his writing appears on raritan.com and opencheekinserttongue.com. Foner is a member of Mensa International and holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from Hong Kong University.

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