Computer Basics

Special Characters

ASCII Character Sets
for CANADIAN KEYBOARD settings
Click here, if your system is set to a US keyboard
Occasionally, we need to input specials characters into documents (characters like , , , ).  If you are someone that regularly types in foreign languages, you most probably have your keyboard set to that language.  For everyone else, this is how you could insert them easily. 

Example, since we live in a French province, we often have to type the French version of Montreal.  

We start by typing 'Montr' when the   is necessary, we hold one of the keys on our keyboard, using the numeric keypad on the right side of your Standard keyboard, tap the .  The   would pop in and we would continue typing the al.  

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If your result is different, your system is set to another language.  Choose this link to visit the US keyboard page.

The end result = Montral

Don't be afraid, open your word processor and give it a try.  It really isn't that hard and it's kind of fun. 

  Steps

The following method uses a standard keyboard.
The numeric keypad must be active for the following operation to work.  If the indicator light is not eliminated, tap the NUM LOCK key prior to performing the operation.
  • Hold either  key (use your left hand).
    Using the numeric keypad on the right, tap the corresponding number sequence . 

  • Release the  key. DO NOT HIT ENTER

Special Character Chart

If you use a laptop
Due to the compactness of a laptop keyboard, the numeric keypad is usually located within the alpha character area of the keyboard. The numbers are normally located on the right side of the key and colored differently then the other characters.
The Fn key is usually located somewhere on the left of the keyboard and colored the same as the number keys.

  • Hold the Fn keys together (use your left hand), 
    Using the numeric keypad of you keyboard,  tap the corresponding number sequence.

  • Release the Fn keys. DO NOT HIT ENTER

  Give it a try >>   
If your result is different, your system is set to another language.  Choose this link to visit the US keyboard page.

 

If these don't work, try the American keyboard characters page

#   = character # = character # = character # = character # = character
133 = 138 = 141 = 149 = 151 =
160 = 130 = 161 = 162 = 163 =
131 = 136 = 140 = 147 = 150 =
132 = 137 = 139 = 148 = 129 =
134 =     208 =  
145 =     155 =  
198 =        

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183 = 212 = 222 = 227 = 235 =
181 = 144 = 214 = 224 = 233 =
182 = 210 = 215 = 226 = 234 =
142 = 211 = 216 = 153 = 154 =
143 =     229 =  
146 =     157 =  
199 =        

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If your result is different, your system is set to another language.  Choose this link to visit the US keyboard page.

135 = 164 = 152 = 0159 = Ÿ 225 =
128 = 165 = 236 = 237 = 209 =

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If your result is different, your system is set to another language.  Choose this link to visit the US keyboard page.

174 = 175 = 230 = 159 = ƒ 156 =
168 =  245 = 231 = 189 = 190 =
244 = 248 = 232 = 184 = 169 =
 
172 = 171 =   241 = 246 =

  Give it a try >>   
If your result is different, your system is set to another language.  Choose this link to visit the US keyboard page.

These characters can also be found under the
" Insert – Symbol " menu option
in most word processing programs.

 

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