Shortcuts to Symbols

The following shortcuts can be used Word & other Office programs as well as in many web page creation programs such as Komposer

  • Ctr +Alt + r = ®
  • Ctr +Alt + c = ©
  • 1/2 Enter  will automatically create ½
  • 1/4 Enter  will automatically create ¼

Here is a miscellaneous list of other basic characters and symbols:Type the number while holding down the Alt key.

  • Alt + 0153…..™… trademark symbol
  • Alt +  0169…. ©…. copyright symbol
  • Alt + 0174….. ®… .registered trademark symbol
  • Alt + 0176 …°……. .degree symbol
  • Alt + 0177 ..± … .plus-or-minus sign
  • Alt + 0182 …¶……. paragraph mark
  • Alt + 0190 …¾…… fraction, three-fourths
  • Alt + 0162… ¢…… the cent sign
  • Alt + 0161….. ¡…… upside down exclamation point
  • Alt + 0191….. ¿….. upside down question mark
  • Alt + 1……………… smiley face
  • Alt + 2 ……………… black smiley face
  • Alt + 15……………… sun
  • Alt + 12……………… female sign
  • Alt + 11……………… male sign
  • Alt   6………………..Cards spades symbol
  • Alt + 5……………… Club symbol
  • Alt + 3……………….Heart
  • Alt + 4……………… Diamond
  • Alt + 13…………….musical eighth note
  • Alt + 14…………… musical beamed eighth note
  • Alt + 24…………… up arrow
  • Alt + 25………….. down arrow
  • Alt + 26………….. right pointing arrow
  • Alt + 27………..… left arrow
  • Alt + 18………….. up/down arrow
  • Alt + 29………….. left right arrow
  • Alt + 0167 …§……section symbol
  • Alt + 0163 …..£…….the British pound
  • Alt + 0128 ….€……..the euro of the European Union
  • Alt + 0165  ….¥……. the Japanese yen
  • Alt + 0156…. œ…… lowercase diphthong (ligature)
  • Alt + 0224 …..à …….lowercase a with grave accent
  • Alt + 0225……á…….lowercase a with acute accent
  • Alt + 0226……â…….lowercase a with circumflex
  • Alt + 0227….. ã……. lowercase a with tilde
  • Alt + 0228….. ä……. lowercase a with umlaut
  • Alt + 0229……å……. lowercase ae diphthong (ligature)
  • Alt + 0230…..æ……. lowercase ae together
  • Alt + 0231….. ç……. lowercase c with cedilla
  • Alt + 0232 …..訅…. lowercase e with grave accent
  • Alt + 0233……é…….lowercase e with acute accent
  • Alt + 0234 ….ê………lowercase e with circumflex
  • Alt + 0235 ….ë……. .lowercase e with umlaut
  • Alt + 0236 … .ì…….. lowercase i with grave accent
  • Alt + 0237 …..í…….. lowercase i with acute accent
  • Alt + 0238 …..î…….. lowercase i with circumflex
  • Alt + 0239….. ï……. lowercase i with umlaut
  • Alt + 0241….. ñ …….lowercase n with tilde
  • Alt + 0242….. ò…… lowercase o with grave accent
  • Alt + 0243……ó…….lowercase o with acute accent
  • Alt + 0244 …. .ô……..lowercase o with circumflex
  • Alt + 0245……õ…….lowercase o with tilde
  • Alt + 0246 …..ö………lowercase 0 with umlaut
  • Alt + 0249 …..ù……. lowercase u with grave accent
  • Alt + 0250 …..ú ……lowercase u with acute accent
  • Alt + 0252 ….  û …….lowercase u with circum flex
  • Alt + 0253 ….. ü …..lowercase u with umlaut

Keyboard Shortcuts

Having to take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse slows down your work considerably. It can save a lot of time as you work if you the special key combinations. Most of these shortcuts work throughout Office and in a host of other programs so don’t be afraid to give them a try.

The ones I personally use the most are

<Ctrl c> – Copy <Ctrl v> – Paste

because they will work even when you have no drop-down menu with these functions. Also try

<Ctrl a> – Select All
<Ctrl x> – Cut
<Ctrl z> – Undo
<Ctrl f> – Find
<Ctrl h> – Replace
<Ctrl Home> – Move to top
<Ctrl End> – Move to end
<Ctrl b> – Bold
<Ctrl i> – Italic
<Ctrl u> – Underline
<Ctrl n> – New
<Ctrl o> – Open
<Ctrl p> – Print
<Ctrl s> – Save

Here is sequence for you to try out some of these functions:

  1. Start typing then press <Ctrl b> – this turns on [Bold]
  2. Type a little more then press <Ctrl b> again to turn bold off
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 using <Ctrl i> for Italic and <Ctrl u> for Underline
  4. Now press <Ctrl a> to Select All your text and then press <Ctrl c> to Copy it
  5. Press <Ctrl End> to release the selection and move the typing position to the end
  6. Press <Ctrl v> to Paste a second copy of your text

Sometimes, key combinations open dialog boxes. These can usually be closed by pressing <Esc>:

  1. Press <Ctrl f> for Find, type in a letter (eg a) then press <Enter> for [Find Next]
  2. Press <Enter> again to find another occurrence of the letter
  3. Press <Esc> to [Cancel] the command (you may first need to press <Enter> for [OK] to cancel the message that Word has finished searching the document)
  4. Press <Ctrl p> for Print then, having seen this work, press <Esc> for [Cancel]
  5. Press <Ctrl s> for Save – again, press <Esc> for [Cancel]

Whenever you are writing a document (or using other Office programs), you should press <Ctrl s> every ten minutes or so to save what you have done so far if you haven’t turned the autosave function on.