How Do You Type Symbols Using the Alt Key

How Do You Type Symbols Using the Alt Key? We Have Great Ways

Does your Facebook profile name appear far too simple when compared to your friends', which are embellished with special characters and symbols? Have you always wondered how to add a cute smiley or perhaps a heart to your profile name? If yes, then you have certainly come to the right place! Just go through the article to know what all symbols you can make and how to make symbols using the 'Alt' key.
Techspirited Staff
Last Updated: May 2, 2018
If you look at your keyboard, you'll find the alphabet keys and the number keys in the row just above the alphabets. If you carefully observe these number keys, you'll find that each of them has a symbol above the number. To use these symbols, you need to press the 'Shift' key and then press a number key. A few other symbols such as the single quote ('), double quote ("), greater than (>), less than (<), etc, can also be seen, next to the alphabet keys, in each row. While these few symbols are the basic symbols required for everyday writing, there are many many more symbols that we might sometimes require to use. So, how do we go about it? If you have a profile on a social networking site such as Facebook or Orkut, you must have seen some people adding strange characters to their profile names to make them stand out. How do they do that? It's a simple keyboard trick done using the magical key on the keyboard, the 'Alt' key, along with a few codes!
How to Make Symbols Using the Alt Key
The symbols that you see on your keyboard are easy to use as they are visible. However, when it comes to the "hidden" symbols, there are three ways to make them: using the Insert option in word processors, using the Windows Character Map, and using the Alt key. Here we shall learn how to type these symbols using the Alt key and their respective ASCII or Unicode codes. Just follow the steps given below:
  • Look for the symbol in the list of ASCII or Unicode codes.
  • Once you find it, note its code.
  • Set the Number Lock on the Keyboard to "ON".
  • Now, press and hold the Alt key, and enter the code on the numeric keypad (on the right hand side of your keyboard).
  • Release the Alt key.
Simple isn't it? If you're using a laptop computer, then look for numbers 0-9 on/below the keys M, J, K, L, U, I, O, 7, 8, and 9 and use the function key (fn) to access these digits.
Types of Symbols
There are around 255 symbols in all and they are an assorted bunch which can be sorted into the following five main categories. Here we'll have a look at each of these categories of symbols. You can try out the codes in the box given below. So, are you ready to create some magic with the 'Alt' key?
  1. Bullet Symbols
  2. Mathematical Symbols
  3. Letters with Accent
  4. Greek Letters
  5. Miscellaneous Symbols
Test Your Alt Codes:
  1. Check if the Number Lock on the Keyboard is "ON", and go to the text box below.
  2. Keeping the alt key "Pressed", type a Number from 1 to 255 (or any code from the lists below) on the numpad (numeric keypad).
  3. When you release the keys, you'll find that for each number you get a unique ALT Code Symbol against the text box.
Bullet Symbols
Symbol Code Symbol Code Symbol Code
1 11 § 21
2 12 22
3 13 23
4 14 24
5 15 25
6 16 26
7 17 27
8 18 28
9 19 29
10 20 30
Mathematical Symbols
Symbol Code Meaning of Symbol
0-9 48-57 Digits 0-9
% 37 Percentage sign
0137 Per mille (per thousand) sign
( 40 Open bracket
) 41 Closed bracket
+ 43 Addition sign
- 45 Subtraction sign
× 0215 Multiplication sign
÷ 0247 Division sign
~ 126 Congruency sign
/ 47 Fraction separator
247 Approximately equal
± 241 Plus or minus
242 Greater than or equal to
243 Less than or equal to
Symbol Code Meaning of Symbol
< 60 Less than sign
> 62 Greater than sign
= 61 Equal sign
. 46 Decimal point
# 35 Number sign
^ 94 Exponential sign
{ 123 Curly bracket open
} 125 Curly bracket close
² 0178 Squared
³ 0179 Cubed
¹ 0185 To the power of 1
º 0186 To the power of 0
252 To the power of n
251 Square root
° 248 Degree sign
Symbol Code Meaning of Symbol
¼ 0188 Quarter
½ 0189 Half
¾ 0190 Three quarters
½ 171 Half
¼ 172 Quarter
π 227 Pi
Σ 228 Sum
µ 230 Micro
236 Infinity
240 Identical
[ 91 Square bracket open
] 93 Square bracket close
244 Top half
245 Bottom half
· 0183 Middle dot
Letters with Accent
Letter Code
À 0192
Á 0193
à 0195
Ä 0196
Ç 0199
È 0200
É 0201
Ê 0202
Ë 0203
Ì 0204
Í 0205
Î 0206
Ï 0207
Letter Code
Ñ 165
Ò 0210
Ó 0211
Ô 0212
Õ 0213
Ö 0214
Š 0138
Ù 0217
Ú 0218
Û 0219
Ü 0220
Ý 0221
Ÿ 0159
Ž 0142
Letter Code
à 0224
á 0225
â 0226
ã 0227
ä 0228
ç 0231
è 0232
é 0233
ê 0234
ë 0235
ì 0236
í 0237
î 0238
ï 0239
Letter Code
ñ 164
ò 0242
ó 0243
ô 0244
õ 0245
ö 0246
š 0154
ù 0249
ú 0250
û 0251
ü 0252
ý 0253
ÿ 0255
ž 0158
Greek Letters
Letter What it Looks Like Code
Alpha (lower case) α 224
Beta (lower case) ß 225
Gamma (lower case) Γ 226
Delta (lower case) δ 235
Epsilon (lower case) ε 238
Theta (upper case) Θ 233
Pi (upper case) π 227
Letter What it Looks Like Code
Mu (lower case) µ 230
Sigma (upper case) Σ 228
Sigma (lower case) σ 229
TAU (lower case) τ 231
Phi (upper case) Φ 232
Phi (lower case) φ 237
Omega (upper case) Ω 234
Miscellaneous Symbols
Symbol Code Meaning
$ 36 Dollar symbol
£ 156 British Pound symbol
0128 Euro currency symbol
? 63 Question mark
¿ 168 Upside down question mark
Symbol Code Meaning
@ 64 At symbol
& 38 Ampersand symbol
© 0169 Copyright symbol
® 0174 Registered symbol
0153 Trademark symbol
In addition to the symbols and letters given above, you also have codes to create punctuation marks and letters of the English alphabet using the 'Alt' key. However, you hardly ever need to use the codes for these as these can be easily typed using the keys on a standard keyboard. Already thought of a unique profile name that you can create using these "new" symbols? Have fun!