Windows – Alt Key Numeric Codes – 2: Other Foreign Characters

by Prashant Kumar Sharma

Alt-Key Numeric Codes of Other Foreign Characters

Microsoft Windows assigns a Unique numeric code to each accented letters, foreign characters and special mathematical symbols. The shortcut to manually insert these letters and symbols is ALT key input on Keyboard and calling the specific numeric code assigned to them.

Here is a list of special punctuation and unique consonant and vowel symbols, to determine the numeric code, match Characters in the row.

SYMBOL NAME CODE NUMBER
¡ Upside-down exclamation mark 0161
¿ Upside-down question mark 0191
Ç, ç French C cedille (caps/lowecase) 01990231
Œ,œ O-E ligature (caps/lowecase) 01400156
ß German Sharp/Double S 0223
º, ª Masculine Ordinal Number (Span/Ital/Portuguese)Feminine Ordinal Number 01860170
Ø,ø Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase) 02160248
Å,å Nordic A ring (caps/lowecase), Angstrom sign 01970229
Æ, æ A-E ligature (caps/lowecase) 01980230
Þ, þ Icelandic/Old English Thorn (caps/lowecase) 02220254
Ð, ð Icelandic/Old English Eth (caps/lowecase) 02080240
« » Spanish/French angle quotation marks 01710187
‹ › Spanish/French angle single quotation marks 01390155
Š š Czech S hachek (S Caron)(caps/lowercase) 01380154
Ž ž Czech S hachek (Z Caron)(caps/lowercase) 01420158

How to use the codes:

1. Place your cursor in the location where you wish to insert a special character.
2. Activate the numeric key pad on the right of the keyboard by pressing Num Lock (upper right of keyboard). The Num Lock light on the keyboard will indicate that the numeric key pad is on.

NOTE: You must use the numeric key pad; if you use the number keys on the top of the keyboard, the characters will not appear. If you are on a laptop or computer without a separate numeric keypad one of the other methods is recommended.
3. While pressing down the ALT key, type the four-digit code on the numeric key pad at the right edge of the keyboard. The codes are “case sensitive.” For instance, the code for lower-case á is ALT+0225, but capital Á is ALT+0193.

NOTE: If you have the International keyboard activated, you will only be able to input codes with the ALT key on the left side of the keyboard.
4. Release the ALT key. The character will appear when the ALT key is released.

NOTE: You must include the initial zero in the code. For example to insert á (0225) you must type ALT+0225, NOT ALT+225.

Foreign Characters

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