Useful Windows Shortcuts – Generate special characters with ALT key (ALT codes)

Perhaps you have already experienced that certain keys on your keyboard no longer work. This can occur under certain conditions so that, for example, the “ @ ” or the “ ” can no longer be generated using the ALT-GR key . Microsoft has already provided so-called shortcuts in the first versions of Windows , so that you can generate almost every character on the keyboard using a so-called ” ALT code “.

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Windows shortcut keys for creating special characters

Key and one up to 4-digit code . For example, if you hold down the ALT key and enter the number 64 on the numeric keypad, the “@” sign will automatically appear on the monitor. Of course it is not so easy to remember all of these ALT codes , but you should already know the most important ones. Below we have put together a table that lists the most important ALT shortcuts .

Windows shortcut keys for creating special characters Shortcut creates the following character
1  ☺
3rd  ♥
21st §
33 !
35 #
36 $
38 &
40 (
41 )
43 +
48-57 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
58  :
63 ?
64 @
65-90 A – Z
91 [
93 ]
97-122  a – z

Overall, the list of possible characters is even more extensive, although there are often characters that we rarely use in everyday use. For this reason, we have not included them. However, if you know of any other useful ALT codes that are missing from our list, we would be happy to receive a corresponding note at the end of this article.

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