ALT+Codes = YOU Look Smarter With These Simple Key Strokes

ALT key used with codes to make ASCII cahracters.Alot of times when I read emails, written documents or even forums posts I see alot of funky ways to show simple symbols we as Controls Contractors use every day. I used to type ‘degF’ and I have seen others just use a ‘ * ‘ to signify degrees. This just looks bad especially if your reading audience is someone you want to make feel you know what you are talking about.

You might think I’m being picky and well I am pretty picky about things, but for sure using the following symbols will add a boost to your authority and make you look like the professional you are or want to be.

How to use ALT+Codes

It’s simple, just hold down the ALT key and use the ‘Numeric Keypad’ to enter the numbers then release the ALT key when you are done. They special character should appear.

You CANNOT use the numbers across the top of the keyboard, so if you have a laptop you may need to hold down the ALT key and the Fn key while typing in the numbers on the numeric keypad usually located among the J, K, L keys.

 

These symbols are great for everyday use in writing about temperatures, measurements and notations.

 

Math and Measurement Symbols
SYMBOL
NAME
CODE
°
Degree
0176
²
Squared
0178
³
Cubed
0179
¼
Fraction 1/4
0188
½
Fraction 1/2
0189
¾
Fraction 3/4
0190
Ω
Ohm Symbol
234
µ
Micro
0190
±
Plus/Minus
0177
×
Multiplication Sign
215
÷
Division Sign
0247
Less Than Equal To
243
Greater Than Equal To
242
π
Pi
227
Square Root
251
Inifinity
236

 

Here are some symbols for using on bullet points and publishing rights.

 

Bullets and Publishing Symbols  
SYMBOL
NAME
CODE
Bullet Point
7
Bullet Circle
9
©
Copyright Symbol
0169
®
Registered Symbol
0174
Trademark
0153

 

Just a couple of simple arrow symbols.

 

Arrow Symbols  
SYMBOL
NAME
CODE
Play Forward
16
Play Reverse
17
Stop Button
254
Up
30
Down
31
Up/Down Arrow
23
Up Arrow
24
Down Arrow
25
Right Arrow
26
Left Arrow
27

 

Ok so you gotta have some fun. Just some miscellaneous symbols for you NON-technical use.

 

Symbols Just For Fun  
SYMBOL
NAME
CODE
Hearts
3
Diamonds
4
Clubs
5
Spades
6
Smiley
1
Reverse Smiley
2
Male
11
Female
12
Music Note
13
Music Note
14

 

Search for ‘ALT CODES’ If You Need To

Yeah, have to admit sometimes I forget and have to Google the codes again. Just search for ‘ALT Codes’ and you should turn up something. Hopefully, it will be this post. ;) Now go be a nerdy Control Freak and make your colleagues say, “HEY! how’d you do that?!” Tell them you learned it on The Controls Freak.

4 Responses to ALT+Codes = YOU Look Smarter With These Simple Key Strokes

  1. BACnet December 30, 2011 at 12:38

    That’s odd. I always use ascii codes for special characters.

    For example, to make a degree sign, I hold down alt and press the numbers 2,4 and 8. This is because in ascii, the decimal number 248 (or F8 if you want to think in hex) is the degree sign.

    Where do your numbers come from? I did not know until reading your article that alt-0176 did the same thing as alt-248.

    Reply
    • The Controls Freak December 30, 2011 at 15:35

      I am not sure of the technical reason why, but there are a few characters that are duplicated further down in the code numbers. I have always used the 0176 just because there are several others I use often with the ALT+01xx, but I knew the 248 one as well.

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  2. BACnet December 30, 2011 at 12:42

    One more thought- Here’s a link to the complete extended ascii character set. http://www.asciitable.com/index/extend.gif

    It is considered “extended” because it is the ascii characters above 127 and below 255.

    This is the master list I use when typing special characters like the ones you linked in your article.

    Cheers!

    Reply
  3. d'Arci October 1, 2015 at 02:33

    before i found your page, i could only do the simple ones. i couldn’t do the ones requiring more than 2 #s. there’s no function key that says “Fn” on my keyboard, so i held alt + f1, then hit the #s. it works! more fun for me thanx to you!! ¢♥☺

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