Keyboard Codes: How to Make a Dot

By Marina Martin

While pressing the period (".") key on your computer keyboard types a dot aligned to the bottom of a line of text, there's no corresponding key for creating a middle-aligned dot. This type of dot is used as a bullet-point graphic in lists or as a decorative text separator. However, you can type a dot in any program or document on your computer using the unicode character encoding standard, which provides a unique number alternative for every text character.

Step 1

Open the document in which you want to type a dot.

Step 2

Hold down the "Alt" key and then type "250" on your computer's numeric keypad, which is the separate block of number keys off to the side of your keyboard.

Step 3

The dot appears as soon as you release the "Alt" key.

Tips & Warnings

  • On a laptop, the numeric keypad is typically overlaid in a different color on the regular letter keys. Access these numbers by holding down the "Fn" or "Function" button in addition to holding down the "Alt" button.
  • You must use the numeric keypad to type this code, not the row of numbers that runs along the top of the letter keys.
  • Some unicode key combinations may not work correctly as they can be program or operating system sensitive.