Overview of Alt Codes

  • What Are Alt Codes? Alt codes are key sequences that, when entered while holding the Alt key, produce special characters and symbols.
  • Purpose: They allow you to type characters like ©, ñ, or Æ, which are not found on regular keyboards.

How to Use the Alt Code Key Table

    Accessing the Alt Code Key Table

  • Find an Alt Code Key Table online or use a provided list. This table lists various characters and their corresponding Alt codes.

    Understanding the Table

  • The table usually includes a character column and an Alt code column.
  • Each character corresponds to a unique code, typically a number.

    Using Alt Codes

  • Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • While holding the Alt key, type the numeric code for the character you want to use from the numeric keypad.
  • Release the Alt key, and the special character will appear in your text.

    Tips for Usage

  • Ensure Num Lock is on if you’re using a keyboard with a separate numeric keypad.
  • For laptops without a numeric keypad, you may need to use a function (Fn) key combination to input codes.

Applications of Alt Codes

  • Document Writing: Use Alt codes for non-standard punctuation, currency symbols, or accented letters in languages.
  • Graphic Design: Insert special characters into your designs for logos, invitations, or advertisements.
  • Data Entry and Coding: Input special symbols that are frequently used in coding and data.


  • Memorizing Common Codes: Familiarize yourself with frequently used Alt codes to speed up your workflow.
  • Alt Code Cheat Sheet: Keep a printed or digital cheat sheet of commonly used Alt codes handy.
  • Character Map Tool: Use Windows’ Character Map tool to find and copy special characters which are not included in the Alt Code Table.

Benefits of Using Alt Codes

  • Expands Typing Capabilities: Allows for a greater range of characters and symbols.
  • Improves Accuracy: Provides precise characters for different languages and technical writing.
  • Enhances Creativity: Offers more options for creative and design work.

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