Quick Tip Friday – See how awesome the Alt key is

The ALT key has more of a purpose than being the middle key in the old-school method of rebooting your computer (back when ‘Ctrl+Alt+Delete’ was the solution to any problem). Stop manually adding those squiggles, slashes, tails and dots when completing foreign language assignments! Jazz up that email to mom asking for money with ♥’s and ☺’s! Step up your word processing game and impress your professors by adding the ALT key codes to your technological arsenal. Simply hold down one of the ALT keys, make sure that ‘Num Lock’ is on and type the accompanying code on the number pad on the far right of the keyboard (not the number keys at the top of your keyboard). Voilà!

ALT key shortcuts on your PC keyboard

Alt Codes Symbol Description
Alt 0224 à a grave
Alt 0225 á a acute
Alt 0226 â a circumflex
Alt 0227 ã a tilde
Alt 0228 ä a umlaut
Alt 0231 ç c cedilla
Alt 0232 è e grave
Alt 0233 é e acute
Alt 0234 ê e circumflex
Alt 0235 ë e umlaut
Alt 0236 ì i grave
Alt 0237 í i acute
Alt 0238 î i circumflex
Alt 0239 ï i umlaut
Alt 164 ñ n tilde
Alt 0242 ò o grave
Alt 0243 ó o acute
Alt 0244 ô o circumflex
Alt 0245 õ o tilde
Alt 0246 ö o umlaut
Alt 0154 š s caron
Alt 0249 ù u grave
Alt 0250 ú u acute
Alt 0251 û u circumflex
Alt 0252 ü u umlaut
Alt 0253 ý y acute
Alt 0255 ÿ y umlaut
Alt 0158 ž z caron

ALT key accents in UPPER CASE

Alt Codes Symbol Description
Alt 0192 À A grave
Alt 0193 Á A acute
Alt 0194 Â A circumflex
Alt 0195 Ã A tilde
Alt 0196 Ä A umlaut
Alt 0199 Ç C cedilla
Alt 0200 È E grave
Alt 0201 É E acute
Alt 0202 Ê E circumflex
Alt 0203 Ë E umlaut
Alt 0204 Ì I grave
Alt 0205 Í I acute
Alt 0206 Î I circumflex
Alt 0207 Ï I umlaut
Alt 165 Ñ N tilde
Alt 0210 Ò O grave
Alt 0211 Ó O acute
Alt 0212 Ô O circumflex
Alt 0213 Õ O tilde
Alt 0214 Ö O umlaut
Alt 0138 Š S caron
Alt 0218 Ú U acute
Alt 0219 Û U circumflex
Alt 0220 Ü U umlaut
Alt 0217 Ù U grave
Alt 0221 Ý Y acute
Alt 0159 Ÿ Y umlaut
Alt 0142 Ž Z caron

How to make symbols with ALT keys on your keyboard

Alt 1 smiley face
Alt 2 black smiley face
Alt 3 Heart
Alt 4 Diamond
Alt 5 Club
Alt 6 spade
Alt 11 m­ale sign
Alt 12 female sign
Alt 13 e­ighth note
Alt 14 beamed eighth note
Alt 15 ¤ sun
Alt 18 u­p/down arrow
Alt 24 up arrow
Alt 25 down arrow
Alt 26 right arrow
Alt 27 l­eft arrow
Alt 29 lef­t right arrow
Alt 251  √ check mark / square root
Alt 252  ⁿ power n
Alt 8236 , infinity
Alt 8721 Nary summation (auto sum)
Alt 0153 trademark symbol
Alt 0161 ¡ upside down exclamation poin
Alt 0162 ¢ cent sign
Alt 0169 © copyright
Alt 0174 ® registered ­ trademark symbol
Alt 0176 ° degree symbol
Alt 0177 ± plus-or-minus
Alt 0178 ² squared
Alt 0179 ³ cubed
Alt 0182 paragr­aph mark
Alt 0190 ¾ fraction, three-fourths
Alt 0191 ¿ upside down question mark
Alt 0215 × multiplication sign

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