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  Table of special characters with the ALT key  

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED how you can type characters like ¿ ¡ © € æ ñ ± etc. all of which are not on your keyboard? When you want to type the word naïve how do you type the character ï? Nothing can be simpler as you only need to know where the ALT key is. (I am talking about the ALT button, not the ALT GR button which is something else as it is meant to produce the third symbol). Thus by pressing the ALT key (and while keeping it pressed) type 139 you should be able to get ï. Try it out now if you like.

Note: ALT followed by 64 will give you the @ symbol needed to access your email account.  Learn this off by heart as you will need it if you cannot find the @ key when using a foreign country's keyboard (this has happened to me a number of times).

To type any of these special characters in Word or while writing your email press the ALT key (and keep it pressed) then type the number shown for the character one digit after another on the number pad to the right of your keyboard. When you've done that release the ALT key and the special character should appear. Thus to get the inverted question mark character just press the ALT key and type 168. By the way I was writing an email from a public library computer the other day when I found that the @ button was broken so I could not type the email address. Luckily I remembered that ALT followed by 64 will give me the @ symbol so that solved my problem. It's worth knowing this off by heart!
But if you are a webmaster and need to ensure that these special characters come out correctly in HTML format (that is, the internet page) then you need to replace them with HTML entities such as ç for ç and ï for ï. You can find a full list of special characters with their HTML entities here.

Remember, in order to get the special characters or symbols below, you need to press the ALT button and then type the corresponding number:
131   168   0128   132   164   225
133   124 |   35 #   130   64 @   92 \
33 !   63 ?   197 +   135   128   228
136   245   199   198   229   42 *
137   162   126 ~   138   161   224
139   171   222   160   253   233
140   172   159   141   173   234
142   174   175   221   235   190
143   157   156   144   248   237
145   216   208   155   154   239
146   153   246   147   179   152
148   180   211   210   241   215
149   0169   212   150   182   243
151   183   214   184   244   129
Can't find your character? Go to Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools and finally Character Map. There you will find a complete table of unusual characters. Copy it from there and paste it in your text.