How to Make Symbols on a Laptop

By Dustin Thornton

Using Alt codes you can input special symbols into your documents, such as letters with accent marks, special mathematical symbols or even smiley faces. On a normal keyboard you must simply hold down the "Alt" key and press a series of numbers on the numeric keypad; however, laptops do not usually have separate numeric keypads. Instead you must access the integrated keypad on your laptop to create special symbols.

Step 1

Locate the symbol that you want to create in an Alt key code chart. Make a note of the numeric sequence required to create the symbol.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Function" or "Fn" key down on your laptop keyboard and press "Num lk." This activates the integrated number pad, where certain letter keys on the keyboard act as number keys. You can tell which keys are part of the integrated keyboard by looking for small or different-colored numbers on the keys on the right-hand side of the keyboard.

Step 3

Open a blank word processing or notepad document and test the integrated keyboard to make sure that it is active. Press the "M" key followed by the "J," "K" and "L" keys. The numbers "0123" should appear in your empty document. If not, check that "Num lk" is active, repeating Step 2 if necessary.

Step 4

Hold down the "Alt" key on your keyboard and, using the numbers on the integrated number pad, input the numeric sequence for the special symbol that you wish to insert. For example, to create the "copyright" symbol, hold down the "Alt" key and press "0," "1," "6" then "9" (in sequence), which would be the letters "M," "J," "O" then "9." Release "Alt" and the symbol appears in the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not place quotes around the numbers when entering the numeric code for a special symbol.