Special characters like currency symbols, math symbols, etc. are used for special purposes only. And you will not be able to find them your regular keyboards. Thankfully, Microsoft offers multiple ways to add special characters throughout the OS.
In this post, we are going to talk about the top four ways to add special characters in Windows 10. It’s fairly easy and I’m sure you will learn something new along with the post. Let’s get started.
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1. Windows Emoji Panel
This is the quickest and easiest way to add special characters in
Windows 10. Simply use the Windows Key + ; or Windows Key
+ . shortcut and it will bring up the default emoji panel to the cursor.
The menu is divided into three categories. The first one is emoji, then Kaomoji, and the last one is Symbols.
Move to the Symbols menu and you will see it nicely divided into
certain categories such as recently used, currency symbols, math
numbers, Greek symbols, and more.
Tap or select the special character you want to add and show up in a document or conversation. I like how Microsoft
has added Recently used symbols menu so that you don’t have to scroll
through hundreds of special characters each time you access the emoji
My only problem with the emoji panel is the lack of a search bar. You
can’t simply search for terms like Euro or Register and access the
relevant symbols quickly. Each time you try to add a new symbol, you
will have to go through the long list of special characters to find the
2. Character Map App
Character Map is a native Windows Accessory that is built to serve this purpose. Follow these easy steps to learn how to use Character Map on your computer.
Step 1: Click the Windows button and type Character Map into it and open the app. Alternatively, Press Windows Key + R to launch Run, and type charmap and hit Enter to open Character Map on
Step 2: In the Character Map app, you can select different types of fonts from the top menu. By default, it’s set as Arial.
Step 3: Select the font that goes right with your document and you will see the similar special characters in the bottom menu.
Step 4: Single-click the symbol to see the symbol name and double-click on a character that you want to use and it will appear in the Characters to copy box.
Step 5: Now, click on Copy, and it is done. Paste it anywhere in the document using the Ctrl + V shortcut.
Unlike the emoji panel, Character Map does offer a handy search tool quickly search for the symbol that you are looking for.
Tap on the Advanced view at the bottom and it will offer a search bar. You can type Copyright and it will filter out the special characters for you.
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3. Alt Codes
Alt codes come from pressing and holding down your Alt key and pressing a specific set of numbers. It could be from 1 to 4 digits. These codes are useful when you don’t have some symbol tool. The process is also faster if you know the code.
You can’t use Alt codes on your regular laptop keyboard. You must use the numbers on the Numeric keypad and not the ones printed under the function keys.
First, you need to make sure that the Num Lock key is on. Then, press the Alt key and use the combination of numbers to type special characters. For example, you can use Alt + 0169 for copyright or Alt +
0163 for the Euro symbol.
Head over to Alt Codes site to see the complete list of Alt codes. If your keyboard has Numeric keypad support, then it’s worth the effort to memorize Alt codes for your most-used special characters.
While writing, tap on the Insert menu at the top and open the Symbols menu. You will see a bunch of default symbols to choose
from. Select More Symbols to open a detailed menu. You will see all the symbols and special characters to add to a Word document.
The good news is you can even use keyboard shortcuts to type special characters in Word.
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Add Special Characters on the Go
Similar to macOS,
it’s fairly easy to insert special characters in Windows 10. As for me,
I mostly rely on Windows 10 emoji menu to add special characters. Even
in Word and Excel, I opt for the emoji menu to insert symbols
as it’s key combination is easy to remember and doesn’t require you to
move through apps and menus to get the job done.
Adding special characters in Google Docs is no longer challenging. Read the post below to find about top 5 tricks for inserting special characters in Google Docs.
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