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How do I enter special characters?
Have you ever wondered how people enter special characters on to their home, such as the copyright symbol © , or special language characters such as: á or  ö ?

With Windows, each special character is associated with a 4 digit numeric number, which is entered while holding down the ALT key.  Note: the 4 digit number, however, must be entered using your numeric 10 key pad on your keyboard!

The copyright symbol (©), for example, is assigned number  0169.  
To enter it on your web page, simply press and hold down the ALT key while typing in 0169

Here are links for further reading that I used to obtain the tables of information shown below:


Windows Accent & Special Character ALT keycodes
AccentALT codes
graveà = 0224è = 0232ì = 0236ò = 0242ù = 0249
À = 0192È = 0200Ì = 0204Ò = 0210Ù = 0217
acuteá = 0225é = 0233í = 0237ó = 0243ú = 0250
Á = 0193É = 0201Í = 0205Ó = 0211Ú = 0218
circonflexâ = 0226ê = 0234î = 0238ô = 0244û = 0251
 = 0194Ê = 0202Î = 0206Ô = 0212Û = 0219
umlautä = 0228ë = 0235ï = 0239ö = 0246ü = 0252
Ä = 0196Ë = 0203Ï = 0207Ö = 0214ü = 0220
tildeã = 0227ñ = 0241õ = 0245  
à = 0195Ñ = 0209Õ = 0213  
specialç = 0231Ç = 0199ß = 0223 = 0156 = 0140
¿ = 0191¡ = 0161   

Interactive Language Workshop

The Interactive Language Workshop uses either special hot keys or the standard Windows numeric alt codes for the typing of special marks and characters.

To use the hot keys, type the letter to be accented, then press the hot key.
Spanish accent (á, é, í, ó, ú) hot key = apostrophe ( ' )
Spanish tilde ( ñ ) hot key = apostrophe ( ' )
dieresis (ü, ä, etc.) hot key = shift + apostrophe ( ' )
accent grave ( è ) hot key = backslash ( \ )
circumflex ( î, ô, â ) hot key = shift + backslash ( \ )
other characters ( ç, ß, ¿ ) hot key = apostrophe ( ' )


Character Mac Windows HTML Character Mac Windows HTML
Acute [resumé] Umlaut [naïve]
Á
á
É
é
Í
í
Ó
ó
Ú
ú
Ý
ý
Opt + e, A
Opt + e, a
Opt + e, E
Opt + e, e
Opt + e, I
Opt + e, i
Opt + e, O
Opt + e, o
Opt + e, U
Opt + e, u
Opt + e, Y
Opt + e, y
ALT + 0193
ALT + 0225
ALT + 0201
ALT + 0233
ALT + 0205
ALT + 0237
ALT + 0211
ALT + 0243
ALT + 0218
ALT + 0250
ALT + 0221
ALT + 0253
Á
á
É
é
Í
í
Ó
ó
Ú
ú
Ý
ý
Ä
ä
Ë
ë
Ï
ï
Ö
ö
Ü
ü
Ÿ
ÿ
Opt + u, A
Opt + u, a
Opt + u, E
Opt + u, e
Opt + u, I
Opt + u, i
Opt + u, O
Opt + u, o
Opt + u, U
Opt + u, u
Opt + u, Y
Opt + u, y
ALT + 0196
ALT + 0228
ALT + 0203
ALT + 0235
ALT + 0207
ALT + 0239
ALT + 0214
ALT + 0246
ALT + 0220
ALT + 0252
ALT + 0159
ALT + 0255
Ä
ä
Ë
ë
Ï
ï
Ö
ö
Ü
ü
Ÿ
ÿ
Grave [voilà] Circumflex [château]
À
à
È
è
Ì
ì
Ò
ò
Ù
ù
Opt + `, A
Opt + `, a
Opt + `, E
Opt + `, e
Opt + `, I
Opt + `, i
Opt + `, O
Opt + `, o
Opt + `, U
Opt + `, u
ALT + 0192
ALT + 0224
ALT + 0200
ALT + 0232
ALT + 0204
ALT + 0236
ALT + 0210
ALT + 0242
ALT + 0217
ALT + 0249
À
à
È
è
Ì
ì
Ò
ò
Ù
ù
Â
â
Ê
ê
Î
î
Ô
ô
Û
û
Opt + i, A
Opt + i, a
Opt + i, E
Opt + i, e
Opt + i, I
Opt + i, i
Opt + i, O
Opt + i, o
Opt + i, U
Opt + i, u
ALT + 0194
ALT + 0226
ALT + 0202
ALT + 0234
ALT + 0206
ALT + 0238
ALT + 0212
ALT + 0244
ALT + 0219
ALT + 0251
Â
â
Ê
ê
Î
î
Ô
ô
Û
û
Tilde [mañana] Cedilla [façade]
Ã
ã
Ñ
ñ
Õ
õ
Opt + n, A
Opt + n, a
Opt + n, N
Opt + n, n
Opt + n, O
Opt + n, o
ALT + 0195
ALT + 0227
ALT + 0209
ALT + 0241
ALT + 0213
ALT + 0245
Ã
ã
Ñ
ñ
Õ
õ
Ç
ç
Opt + Shft, C
Opt + c
ALT + 0199
ALT + 0231
Ç
ç