How to Use Keystrokes to Insert Special Characters

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The Character Map program included with Windows and Windows for Workgroups provides you with extended characters and special characters that you can insert into other Windows-based applications.


Characters from Character Map can be inserted into an application by following the steps listed in Help under the subject "Inserting a character into a document." You can also do this is by pressing the key(s) displayed in the bottom-right corner of the the status bar of Character Map. Numeric keys must be typed on the numeric keypad.

You can use the following steps to insert special characters into a Windows-based application:

  1. Switch to the application in which you want to insert the characters.
  2. Select the same font that you selected in Character Map.
  3. Position the cursor where you want the characters to appear.
  4. Press the key(s) listed next to "Keystroke:" in the status bar.
NOTE: The above steps do not work if the CTRL key is part of the sequence.

Printed results may differ depending on the font you use and the printer and video drivers installed.


Article ID: 100381 - Last Review: December 8, 2003 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows 3.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 3.11 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

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