Alt-codes you may need
While writing there are certain symbols that people use and it is much easier to know the alt-code than to go through the long process of inserting a symbol and then tracking down where the symbol is out of the hundreds that exist in the common word processor and here some of the very useful symbols are.
- Alt-code: what is it?
- The copyright symbol: ©
- Trademark and registered trademark: ™ and ®
- The degree symbol: °
- The American dollar and cent signs: $ and ¢
- Want more?
- Here's a video
Alt-code: what is it?
Alt-code is a shortcut command that uses a combination of the alt key and other keys to create a symbol. There are other shortcuts used like this such as the "cut" command by pressing the "Control Key and x" at the same time. The alt-code commands cover hundreds of symbols though. Everything from brackets to hearts. We are going to go over some the symbols that I use and I figure others could use as well.
The copyright symbol: ©
One of the symbols that I use is the copyright symbol. Because I write, I do not actually have to use the symbol for my work to be copyrighted. The copyright symbol helps to make things look a little more official, reminds people about the rules of using my work, and and helps identify me on miscellaneous pages. The alt-code for the copyright symbol is: "alt+0169". So hold the alt key down and then on the keypad press 0169. And you suddenly have ©.
Just to make sure people are aware, if your work is original it is copyrighted as soon as you put it out there. It is copyrighted even if it is unpublished. For more information on copyright laws check out Copyright Licensing.
Trademark and registered trademark: ™ and ®
I have used the trademark symbol before, but I have never actually had use of the registered trademark symbol. Since I am covering one I am going to cover them both and explain the difference.
The trademark symbol ™, means that you have not had to file any paperwork with the government. What it does it gives you a leg to stand on if you can prove that you were using this symbol before someone else using it. It let's the public know that you are laying claim to whatever marking you are using. The shortcut for trademark is: "alt+0153". Press and hold the alt key down while on the keypad press 0153 and you have the trademark key ™.
The registered trademark has paperwork filed with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This includes the name of the entity filing for a registered trademark, address, a depiction of the trademark, what it will be used for, and some other information. All of which can be done on the USPTO website.
To bring this symbol up you would use the following alt-code: "alt+0174". And after holding the alt key down and pressing 0174 on the keypad you get ®.
The degree symbol: °
Have you ever written an article about the weather and someplace in it you put the temperature and then you had to hunt around forever for the degree symbol under insert symbol in the word processor? If you have not, then you are lucky. I have done this and what a pain in the butt it was. With the shortcut you can insert a degree symbol in a matter of a second or two instead of hunting around for it.
If you want to say, "The lake today has been taking its time freezing today because the temperature has been sitting at 32°F since about 3am." You could also say, "The lake today has been taking its time freezing because the temperature has been sitting at 0°C since 3am." Both ways look a little better then having to spell degrees out and it took me no time at all to use the alt-code.
The degree symbol uses the alt-code: "alt+0176". To get the degree symbol, °, simply press and hold the alt key down and on the keypad press 0176.
The American dollar and cent signs: $ and ¢
The last two I am going to cover in this article are the American dollar and cent signs. I do not see the cent sign used nearly as much as it used to be years ago, but it is still good to know if you want to spice it up a little. If you do not want to do 32¢, you can change it up with $0.32. Whichever way you decide, you will know how to do them soon.
The dollar sign
The dollar sign's alt-code is simply: "alt+36". One of the shorter codes, press and hold the alt key while you press the 36 on the keypad and, BAM, you have $.
The cent sign
There are two cent signs that I know of in alt-code. The first one being: "alt+0162" for the resulting ¢. The second alt-code being: "alt+155" for the symbol of ¢. I do not see difference between the two cent signs here. Use the one you can remember the easiest.
There are literally hundreds of alt-code symbols. You can search further for even more or just experiment. I did not go into codes for hearts, smiley faces, bullets, and many others because I do not use them as often or the word processor has them built into buttons already. If you have any questions about a certain symbol, feel free to ask me and I will respond to you the best that I can.
Here's a video
Some people are having a hard time with the alt-codes and getting them to work. I will make a quick clip with my phone to show people how to use the alt-code. I will be making the smiley face: ☺. The screen shot is to the right here. I also posted the video of myself making the smiley face here.
© 2012 Chris Andrews.