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Using Character Codes


Windows assigns a numeric code to any character. For instance the code for lower case á is 0225, and the code for capital Á is 0193. The ALT key input is used to manually insert these characters by calling the numeric code assigned to them.

Example: To input the acute a á (0225), hold down the ALT key, type 0225 on the numeric keypad, then release the ALT key.

Macintosh users please see instructions on TLT web site.

Note: You can also copy/paste characters from this page on both Windows and Mac.

If you are having problems inputting numeric codes on Windows, please review the instructions on the bottom of the page

Letters with Accents

Accent A E I O U Y
Grave (Cap) À
0192
È
0200
Ì
0204
Ò
0210
Ù
0217
 
Grave (Lower) à
0224
è
0232
ì
0236
ò
0242
ù
0249
 
Acute (Cap) Á
0193
É
0201
Í
0205
Ó
0211
Ú
0218
Ý
0221
Acute (Lower) á
0225
é
0233
í
0237
ó
0243
ú
0250
ý
0253
Circumflex (Cap) Â
0194
Ê
0202
Î
0206
Ô
0212
Û
0219
 
Circumflex (Lower) â
0226
ê
0234
î
0238
ô
0244
û
0251
 
Tilde (Cap) Ã
0195
-- Ñ
0209
Õ
0213
--  
Tilde (Lower) ã
0227
-- ñ
0241
õ
0245
--  
Umlaut (Cap) Ä
0196
Ë
0203
Ï
0207
Ö
0214
Ü
0220
Ÿ
0159
Umlaut (Lower) ä
0228
ë
0235
ï
0239
ö
0246
ü
0252
ÿ
0255

Other Common Characters

Symbol Name Code Number
Ç, ç French C cedille (caps/lowecase) 0199
0231
ß German Sharp/Double S 0223
Ø,ø Nordic O slash (caps/lowecase) 0216
0248
Å,å Nordic A ring (caps/lowecase), Angstrom sign 0197
0229
Æ, æ A-E ligature (caps/lowecase) 0198
0230
Þ, þ Icelandic/Old English Thorn (caps/lowecase) 0222
0254
Ð, ð Icelandic/Old English Eth (caps/lowecase)
0208
0240
Š š Czech S hachek (S Caron)
(caps/lowercase)
0138
0154
Ž ž Czech S hachek (Z Caron)
(caps/lowercase)
0142
0158

For more characters visit The Unicode Character Code Charts

Instructions to use the codes on Windows:

  1. Place your cursor in the location where you wish to insert a special character.
  2. Activate the numeric key pad on the right of the keyboard by pressing Num Lock (upper right of keyboard). The Num Lock light on the keyboard will indicate that the numeric key pad is on.

    NOTE: You must use the numeric key pad; if you use the number keys on the top of the keyboard, the characters will not appear. If you are on a laptop or computer without a separate numeric keypad other method is recommended.
  3. While pressing down the ALT key, type the four-digit code on the numeric key pad at the right edge of the keyboard. The codes are "case sensitive." For instance, the code for lower-case á is ALT+0225, but capital Á is ALT+0193.

    NOTE: If you have the International keyboard activated, you will only be able to input codes with the ALT key on the left side of the keyboard.
  4. Release the ALT key. The character will appear when the ALT key is released.

    NOTE: You must include the initial zero in the code. For example to insert á (0225) you must type ALT+0225, NOT ALT+225.