How to Type Computer Keyboard Symbols

By Misty Rodriguez

Using special symbols in your text helps keep things fresh and exciting. At times, it may be hard to understand what someone is trying to say when all you have is words on a screen. Since you can't hear his tone of voice, or see his body language, you are left to your own interpretation of his words. Putting symbols in your text, such as a smiley face (☺) or a heart (♥) can help get your point across. If you are a Windows user, there are keyboard codes called "Alt codes" that you can use to insert symbols into text with just a few keystrokes.

Step 1

Refer to a chart of symbols that can be made using the "Alt" button. This chart will tell you which key sequence to enter to get the symbol you are looking for.

Step 2

Press the "Number Lock" button on your numeric keypad. If you own a laptop, press and hold the "Fn" key, and then press the "Num Lk" key.

Step 3

Press and hold down the "Alt" key, and then press the corresponding key sequence for the symbol you want. Your special symbol will appear once you release the "Alt" button. Make sure you use the numeric keypad, and not the numbers on the top of the keyboard. For laptop users, use the letter keys that have the small numbers on the top right-hand corner of the key. For example: M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5 and O=6. The 7, 8 and 9 keys on a laptop are exactly that--7. 8 and 9. If the key sequence begins with a 0, do not omit it. For example, pressing "Alt" and typing in "0174" will give you this sign: ®.

Step 4

Turn off the number lock feature before you continue typing if you're using a laptop. Press and hold the "Fn" key, and then press the "Num Lk" key to turn this feature off. Leaving it on will interfere with your writing by adding unwanted symbols in the text.

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