How to Make the Euro Sign on a Keyboard

By Shawn McClain

Your computer can create more characters that just what is on your keyboard. Foreign letters, accented characters, mathematical symbols and more are all available if you know the right code. These characters are sometimes referred to as ALT+NUMPAD characters, because you create them using a combination of the ALT key and a code on the number pad. When the Euro currency developed in the late 1990s, it took a few years before most fonts supported the symbol, but by 2010, most fonts do support it.

Step 1

Choose a font that supports ANSI character set. Most web forms and common fonts like Times New Roman and Arial support these characters.

Step 2

Press and hold down the "Alt" key.

Step 3

Press "0128" on the numeric keypad. The Euro sign will now appear. Check the Windows ANSI list in the Resources section for more ALT+NUMPAD characters.

Tips & Warnings

  • You have to use the numerical keypad for this to work. The regular number keys will not work for special characters. For laptops, turn on your number lock, and use the alternate numbers, usually located on the right half of the keyboard.
  • Make sure you are hitting the "0128" and not "128." The "0" designates the Windows ANSI character set instead of the ASCII character set.