Use Alt Codes To Insert Special Characters In Excel and Word
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Useful ALT Codes For Special Characters

Useful ALT codes you can use in Excel to get special characters and symbols, such as the degree symbol, copyright, fractions and the diacritical letters (non-english letters)

What is an ALT code?

You can use Alt codes in programs like Excel and Word to insert special characters such as £ (Alt 0163), © (Alt 0169), ° (degree symbol - Alt 0176) and ½ (Alt 0189)

You can also use Alt codes to insert commonly used non-English characters that are not found on a standard US keyboard such as á ("a" with acute accent - Alt 160), ö ("o" with diaeresis - Alt 148), ñ (enye - alt 164) and ç (cedilla - Alt 135)

Alt codes are based largely on ASCII, which stands for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange". Each ASCII code represents a different character. It was developed in the sixties as a standard character set for computers and electronic devices. The character sets used in modern computers, in HTML, and on the Internet, are all based on ASCII.

How to insert an Alt code

Just hold the ALT key and type the appropriate 3 or 4 digit code.​ Here are some of the more useful ones.

You must use the numeric keypad on the right hand side of an extended keyboard. Make sure that the NumLock is switched on.​ If you use the numbers along the top of the regular keyboard, you will inadvertently activate a tab, command or Quick Access function.

Currency Symbols

£  ALT + 0163
¥  ALT + 0165
¢  ALT + 0162
 ALT + 0128

Legal symbols

©  ALT + 0169
®  ALT + 0174
§  ALT + 0167
 ALT + 0153

Mathematical symbols

°  ALT + 248 / 0176
¹  ALT + 251
²  ALT + 253
³  ALT + 252
÷  ALT + 246
¼  ALT + 0188
½  ALT + 0189
¾  ALT + 0190
±  ALT + 0241

Chevrons

«  ALT + 174 / 0171
»  ALT + 175 / 0187

Diacritical characters (non-English letters not found on a standard US keyboard)

à  ALT + 0195
å  ALT + 0229
Å  ALT + 143
å  ALT + 134
Ä  ALT + 142
ä  ALT + 132
À  ALT + 0192
à  ALT + 133
Á  ALT + 0193
á  ALT + 160
  ALT + 0194
â  ALT + 131
Ç  ALT + 128
ç  ALT + 135
É  ALT + 144
é  ALT + 130
È  ALT + 0200
è  ALT + 138

Ê  ALT + 202
ê  ALT + 136
Ë  ALT + 203
ë  ALT + 137
Ï  ALT + 0207
ï  ALT + 139
Î  ALT + 0206
î  ALT + 140
Í  ALT + 0205
í  ALT + 161
Ì  ALT + 0204
ì  ALT + 141
Ñ  ALT + 165
ñ  ALT + 164
Ö  ALT + 153
ö  ALT + 148
Ô  ALT + 212
ô  ALT + 147

Ō  ALT + 229
ō  ALT + 228
Ò  ALT + 0210
ò  ALT + 149
Ó  ALT + 0211
ó  ALT + 162
Ø  ALT + 157
Ü  ALT + 154
ü  ALT + 129
Û  ALT + 0219
û  ALT + 150
Ù  ALT + 0217
ù  ALT + 151
Ú  ALT + 233
ú  ALT + 163
ÿ  ALT + 152

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