How to make the '½' type symbols often used in stamp posting

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How to make the '½' type symbols often used in stamp posting

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For Windows PC's - use the number pad at right of keyboard -

ALT 0162 ¢ (cents)
ALT 0163 £ (British Pound)
ALT 0128 € (Euro)
ALT 0165 ¥ (Yen)
ALT 0189 ½ (Half) or on some keyboards - ALT 172
ALT 0188 ¼
ALT 0190 ¾
ALT 0247 ÷
ALT 0185 ¹
ALT 0178 ² (Squared)
ALT 0179 ³ (Cubed)
ALT 0176 ° (Degrees)
ALT 0169 © (Copyright)
ALT 0174 ® (Registered)

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I found this website which has a pretty comprehensive list

http://www.asciitable.com/

Use the number in the "Dec" column while holding down the Alt key from the 1st table and fromt he second table use the Alt key plus the number. I remember many of these from my uni days writing essays in French :roll:
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Yes I use a lot of these a lot of the time!

Remember the numbers you type must be from the RIGHT HAND keypad ... not from above the letter keys.© :idea:
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Hi Glen,

How did you get that copyright symbol?

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Post by Aladdin »

If you can't remember the numbers, here's what I do... open MS Word; from the Insert Menu select 'Symbol'; the font 'normal text' should provide all you need, regardless of what language you want...

£½©Ã¤Φخשâ„¢₤√☺

Then it's a simple copy'n'paste!

Incidentally I speak Arabic. The 7th symbol above is the classic phlegmish "kh"...
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I'm not too sure how to get the Copyright© symbol on this board, but in MS Word it is open bracket c (upper or lower case) then close bracket i.e. (c).
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Thank Aladdin, for your help.
To get the symbol from the MS Word to here do you just cut and paste? :?: :?: :?:
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Got it!

Alt 0169 = © - Copyright
Alt 0174 = ® - Registered Trademark
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Yes waroff49, if you're using the MS Word method, you just cut and paste!
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Here is another website with a nice presentation of specialized characters, despite the fact they mis-spelled their own terms:

http://www.bulls2.com/indexb/ansicharecterset.html

And here is a really comprehensive website on shortcuts:

www.computerhope.com/shortcut.htm
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Thanks to all the persons who contributed to this thread. Well done.

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Post by ozstamps »

I use these a lot too

¼ is ALT 172

and ALT 0190 is ¾
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It's surprising how quickly they sink in as well. I no longer have to look up the Euro shortcut in my Word doc! It's Fn+Alt+0128 on most laptops if you were wondering.
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ozstamps wrote:I use these a lot too

¼ is ALT 172

and ALT 0190 is ¾
¾ That one works.

The other one just kicks me out. (still)

Same as the 1/2 one. Wierd

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Arls,

Try alt-0188 for ¼, alt-0189 for ½, alt-0190 for ¾

Works for me,
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Alastair wrote:Arls,

Try alt-0188 for ¼, alt-0189 for ½, alt-0190 for ¾

Works for me,
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How to generate "£" or "½d" symbols etc on a keyboard

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Admin note - a technical glitch in November 2011 means that many of the headings and comments on this thread are no longer correct.

The result of the bug was the addition of characters like Î in front of non-standard characters such as £, ½ and ©.

Please take care when reading posts on this thread.
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At present I use Alt+0163 to generate a £ sign.

To simplify the process I would like to dedicate a key for this sign.

Have any of our non-UK members done this?

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I can assign a shortcut key to do the pound sign on word but can't do that in these message boxes. However, your ALT 0163 works for me as... £.

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.. £ = ALT 156 for me .. always has been. :)
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For £ .... I do it by copy and paste. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I can't figure out how to do it any other way (the "alt" plus numbers just will not work for me).
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- £ .... I do it by copy and paste. I can't figure out how to do it any other way (the "alt" plus numbers just will not work for me).
Just a thought, but on many Oz computers setups, you have to engage the Num Lock function before the Alt plus thingy will work. Otherwise character map should do the trick. About the only two I ever use are the: £ sign (Alt plus 0163) and: ½ (Alt plus 0189).

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The numeric block on the right of the keyboard must be used too!

I have a list of similar shortcuts stuck on the side of my computer.

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Thanks to Clive and Kev for the hint regarding the numeric lock.

I can actually use my keyboard to type in the £ sign now! :D
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Now over 20 years into computers I'm still learning too - it's a bit harder since i retired and no longer have access to a lass in the office to help.
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Folks,

Alt 156 has always done it for me and its very helpful.

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Some currency alt keys are . . . .


¢ Cent sign 0162
£ British Pound 0163
€ Euro currency 0128
¥ Japanese Yen 0165
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Anyone need some more? All very handy.

In each case, hold Alt down and type the number:

0189 ½
0188 ¼
0190 ¾
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0185 ¹
0178 ²
0179 ³
0176 °
0169 ©
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Does anyone have a table of all these Alt-Key symbols?

I've tried searching google but end up with computer-rage when I can't find them :evil:

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Here you got a list of alt codes: ISO/IEC 8859-1

You can look also:

ASCII - Unicode - Unicode table

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I'm sure there must be a list of these shortcuts somewhere, but on the odd occasion I need a new one, I go to MS Word, and select the Insert menu, then Symbol. This displays the Symbol menu. I find and highlight the symbol I want. The Symbol box then shows at the bottom of the box the relevant Character Code (from) ASCII Decimal. I then use the Alt key with the ASCII Decimal code.
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Try this link for a list of popular shortcuts -

http://www.pcdon.com/page3.html
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ernelopez wrote:Here you got a list of alt codes: ISO/IEC 8859-1

You can look also:
ASCII - Unicode - Unicode table

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Thanks everyone for your input - there are many useful tips to save.
Unfortunately no-one has answered my question, so I presume it cannot be done.
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I guess you are right Doug!

But then I would not be surprised.....!

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doug wrote:Thanks everyone for your input - there are many useful tips to save.

Unfortunately no-one has answered my question, so I presume it cannot be done.
Exactly how hard is typing ALT+156?
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Perhaps someone in the UK can buy and send you a cheap keyboard.
That would certainly have the £ sign on it somewhere!
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Exactly how hard is typing ALT+156?
Not hard at all, except that on a great many computers it isn't going to produce the pound sign, but rather the '“' symbol.

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On my computer Alt and 0156 give me “.
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How about Alt + 0163 ?
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Pertinax,
How about Alt + 0163 ?
Yes, that's what many have been saying, but it seems some Oz keyboards are configured to Alt + 0156. No idea why this should be so.

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Hang on a sec, this is getting confusing.

Alt + 0156 does give me “.

Try it without the 0 - Alt + 156.

Both 156 and 0163 give me £ on my (Australian) keyboard.

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Yes please, you'll have to give me the link for the penny black question as I'm having trouble finding it.
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PS via edit: It's OK, found it and looking at it.
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pertinax wrote:How about Alt + 0163 ?
That gives me £

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pertinax wrote:Hang on a sec, this is getting confusing.

Alt + 0156 does give me “.

Try it without the 0 - Alt + 156.

Both 156 and 0163 give me £ on my (Australian) keyboard.

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clive willingham wrote:
Exactly how hard is typing ALT+156?
Not hard at all, except that on a great many computers it isn't going to produce the pound sign, but rather the '“' symbol.

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Clive I typed ALT + 156 ... not 0156. :)

I've had 10 computers and that has worked on them all. :)

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Afraid I only get “ with Alt + 156. For the £ I use Alt + 163. Is this a PC vs Mac thing?
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What's a Mac .. I eat those. 8)
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Okay boys ... this is how it works on a PC ....

If you press alt + 156 you get the £ sign.

If you press alt + 0156 you get the sign.

If you press alt + 163 you get the º sign.

If you press alt + 0163 you also get the £ sign.
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But apparently that's not the case for everyone Eric.
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It does vary for sure.

On a laptop I am using now I need to press:

Fn and ALT together and then for NUMBERS you need to use the blue numbers printed on the LETTER keys, not the numbers row up top.

I.e. Fn and ALT and then J, I, O

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