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Hi guys,

I have a simple question about how to write (key combo) special chars?On internet I can find some special chars table using it with alt key + a value x but anyhow I don't get it work with my keyboard.I also have to say that I'am using a small keyboard without num pad.I have a "Fn" key on it.Below a link of special chars with alt+x.


Just wanna know how to make it work for me now to use alt+x with my keyboard to write any special char in notepad etc you know.Otherwise I can run the charmap if Windows to do some find / copy / paste operations.

EDIT: Ok I found another webpage who does show it now by using Fn + NumLock and using letter keys...

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


...so on first test it seems to work now but is of course somehow strange using M-O for 0-6 etc.But I found some issue by trying to type a DASH symbol which looks like a longer minus sign.So in the char table of the webpage you can find the DASH here...


alt + 45    –    Gedankenstrich (Dash)

... "–" <-- I also wanna have / know how to print it with alt+x.

"–" <-- DASH

"-" <-- Minus

When I use alt+45 in notepad then it does write a simple minus "-" instead of a longer DASH "–".Why?

KeyCombo: Fn+alt & U then I = "-" minus in notepad = wrong.Why?


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yes but you need to find any special char first manually and also that DASH I didn't found yet in charmap.I did set it to Windows west and in the list the first key combo with "alt+" starts with a value of 0128 = € but in real I get a "Cedille" sign = "Ç"

Where are the others listet from alt+0 - 129 like on that webpage?



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Everything is there in the charmap... (Example of 1st char on that webpage link you posted)


You can also use the group by dropdown to make it easier to use certain groups of chars

or you can use the search...

I'm not sure which dash you are using but if you type dash in the search you can see all the options (I think it might be the 1st result "Figure Dash")


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This sounds like a font or display issue, you are probably getting 45 character code.  I mean you can open notepad and put the alt 45 in there save it and do a hex dump.  It really depends on the font used by the program displaying it as to if it looks the way you want it to.

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how to find it?I don't find / see it.Thats the problem.How to find any symbol char manually?I can not scroll up / down to check every single box to find what I am looking for.This sucks.

Info: I found the Dash here now...


....whats the key combo for this?The webpage told me this....


....I was using Fn + alt + u then i (u and i are 45) but this combo just creates a minus "-" which I also can print just by pressing the minus key alone.Something should be wrong in that case or?


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If you type dash in the search it will bring it up


If it has a shortcut it will show the keyboard shortcut on the bottom right (The dash you want doesn't)


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You could also try enabling the hex input method which should enable you to use any character (I can't test because I don't have keypad on my laptop)



Set or create the registry key below then restart your computer.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Input Method/EnableHexNumpad with string type REG_SZ assigned a data value of 1.

The following method can then be used to enter Unicode codepoints:

Place your screen cursor on the location where you want to insert the special character.

Press and hold down the ALT key on the left side of your keyboard.

Press and release the + key on the numeric keypad.

Type the hexadecimal Unicode code point, using the numeric keypad for digits 0–9 and the normal keys for letters A–F.

Release the ALT key.

The special character will appear at your cursor’s location

Example: Press and hold the left ALT key, press and release the numeric keypad’s plus + key, type 262F, then release the ALT key. This enters the yin yang symbol ☯



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