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Keyboard shortcuts

Here you find all special characters that are accessible via the British/American keyboard. I compiled them in groups that I find quite sensible, most important ones on the top.

On Windows, many of the characters have to be inserted by entering an alt code; press and hold alt key and enter the code with the numeric keypad (e.g. en dash = alt + 0150).

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Quotation

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
Opening / German closing alt + 0147 alt + [
Closing alt + 0148 shift + alt + [
Single opening / German single closing alt + 0145 alt + ]
Apostrophe / Single closing alt + 0146 shift + alt + ]
« Opening Guillemet (angle quote) alt + 0171 alt + \
» Closing Guillemet (angle quote) alt + 0187 shift + alt + \
Single opening Guillemet alt + 0139 shift + alt + 3
Single closing Guillemet alt + 0155 shift + alt + 4
German opening alt + 0132 shift + alt + w
German single opening alt + 0130 shift + alt + 0

Punctuation

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
- Hyphen - -
En dash alt + 0150 alt + -
Em dash alt + 0151 shift + alt + -
Ellipsis (triple-dot) alt + 0133 alt + ;
Apostrophe alt + 0146 shift + alt + ]
· Interpunct (interpoint, Centred point, Middle dot) alt + 0183 shift + alt + 9
Bullet alt + 0149 alt + 8
¡ Inverted exclamation mark alt + 0161 alt + 1
! Exclamation mark shift + 1 shift + 1
¿ Inverted question mark alt + 0191 shift + alt + /
? Question mark shift + / shift + /
( Opening parenthesis (round bracket) shift + 9 shift + 9
) Closing parenthesis (round bracket) shift + 0 shift + 0
[ Opening square bracket [ [
] Closing square bracket ] ]
{ Opening curly bracket (brace) shift + [ shift + [
} Closing curly bracket (brace) shift + ] shift + ]
/ Slash / /
\ Backslash \ \
| Vertical bar shift + \ shift + \

Currencies

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
Euro alt + 0128
shift + 3 (GB)
shift + alt + 2
$ Dollar shift + 4 shift + 4
¥ Yen alt + 0165 alt + y
£ Pound alt + 0163
alt gr + 4 (GB)
alt + 3
¢ Cent alt + 0162 alt + 4
ƒ Florin alt + 0131 alt + f
¤ Currency sign alt + 0164

Miscellaneous Symbols

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
@ At sign shift + 2 shift + 2
& Ampersand shift + 7 shift + 7
fi ligature shift + alt + 5
fl ligature shift + alt + 6
§ Section sign alt + 21 §
% Percent shift + 5 shift + 5
Permille (per thousand) alt + 0137 shift + alt + r
Pilcrow (paragraph mark, alinea) alt + 0182 alt + 7
Trademark alt + 0153 alt + 2
© Copyright alt + 0169 alt + g
® Registered alt + 0174 alt + r
* Asterisk shift + 8 shift + 8
Dagger (obelisk) alt + 0134 alt + t
Double dagger (diesis) alt + 0135 shift + alt + 7
° Degree alt + 248 shift + alt + 8
' Single code mark (Feet, minutes) ' '
" Double code mark (Inches, seconds) shift + ' shift + '
ª Feminine ordinal indicator alt + 0170 alt + 9
º Masculine ordinal indicator alt + 0186 alt + 0

Diacritics (Accented letters)

These are all accented letters available via keyboard shortcuts! You can copy/paste the most important Latin characters at Typefacts: Tweeting symbols.

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
À A with grave alt + 0192 alt + ` + shift + A
à a with grave alt + 0224 alt + ` + a
Á A with acute alt + 0193 shift + alt + y
á a with acute alt + 0225 alt + e + a
 A with circumflex alt + 0194 alt + shift + m
â a with circumflex alt + 0226 alt + i + a
à A with tilde alt + 0195 alt + n + shift + a
ã a with tilde alt + 0227 alt + n + a
Ä A with diaeresis alt + 0196 alt + u + A
ä a with diaeresis alt + 0228 alt + u + a
Å A with ring alt + 0197 shift + alt + a
å a with ring alt + 0229 alt + a
Æ AE ligature alt + 0198 shift + alt + ‘
æ ae Ligature alt + 0230 alt + ‘
Ç C with cedilla alt + 0199 shift + alt + c
ç c with cedilla alt + 0231 alt + c
È E with grave alt + 0200 alt + ` + shift + e
è e with grave alt + 0232 alt + ` + e
É E with acute alt + 0201 alt + e + shift + e
é e with acute alt + 0233 alt + e + e
Ê E with circumflex alt + 0202 alt + i + shift + e
ê e with circumflex alt + 0234 alt + i + e
Ë E with diaeresis alt + 0203 alt + u + shift + e
ë e with diaeresis alt + 0235 alt + u + e
Ì I with grave alt + 0204 alt + ` + shift + I
ì i with grave alt + 0236 alt + ` + i
Í i with acute alt + 0205 shift + alt + s
í i with acute alt + 0237 alt + e + i
Î I with circumflex alt + 0206 alt + shift + d
î i with circumflex alt + 0238 alt + i + i
Ï I with diaeresis alt + 0207 shift + alt + f
ï i with diaeresis alt + 0239 alt + u + i
ı Dotless i shift + alt + b
Ñ N with tilde alt + 0209 alt + n + shift + n
ñ n with tilde alt + 0241 alt + n + n
Ò O with grave alt + 0210 alt + shift + l
ò o with grave alt + 0242 alt + ` + o
Ó O with acute alt + 0211 shift + alt + h
ó o with acute alt + 0243 alt + e + o
Ô O with circumflex alt + 0212 alt + shift + j
ô o with circumflex alt + 0244 alt + i + o
Õ O with tilde alt + 0213 alt + n + shift + o
õ o with tilde alt + 0245 alt + n + o
Ö O with diaeresis alt + 0214 alt + u + O
ö o with diaeresis alt + 0246 alt + u + o
Ø O with stroke (slashed O) alt + 0216 shift + alt + o
ø o with stroke (slashed o) alt + 0248 alt + o
ΠOE ligature alt + 0140 shift + alt + Q
œ oe ligature alt + 0156 alt + Q
Š S with caron alt + 0138
š s with caron alt + 0154
ß Eszett (sharp s) alt + 0223 alt + s
Ù U with grave alt + 0217 alt + ` + shift + U
ù u with grave alt + 0249 alt + ` + u
Ú U with acute alt + 0218 alt + shift + ;
ú u with acute alt + 0250 alt + e + u
Û U with circumflex alt + 0219 alt + i + shift + U
û u with circumflex alt + 0251 alt + i + u
Ü U with diaeresis alt + 0220 alt + u + shift + U
ü u with diaeresis alt + 0252 alt + u + u
Ý Y with acute alt + 0221
ý y with acute alt + 0253
Ÿ Y with diaeresis alt + 0159 alt + u + shift + y
ÿ y with diaeresis alt + 0255 alt + u + y
Ž Z with caron alt + 0142
ž z with caron alt + 0158
Ð Eth (Icelandic) alt + 0208
ð eth (Icelandic) alt + 0240
Þ Thorn (Icelandic) alt + 0222
þ thorn (Icelandic) alt + 0254
` Grave ` `
´ Acute alt + 0180 shift + alt + e
ˆ Circumflex alt + 0192 shift + alt + i
˜ Tilde alt + 0192 shift + alt + n
¨ Diaeresis (Umlaut) alt + 0192 shift + alt + u
˚ Ring accent (≠ degree °) alt + 0000 alt + k
ˇ Caron alt + 0192 shift + alt + t
˝ Double acute (hungarumlaut) alt + 0192 shift + alt + g
˙ Dot accent alt + 0192 alt + h
¯ Macron alt + 0192 shift + alt + ,
˘ Breve alt + 0192 shift + alt + .
¸ Cedilla alt + 0192 shift + alt + z
˛ Ogonek alt + 0192 shift + alt + x

Mathematical etc.

Character Name Windows shortcut Apple shortcut
+ Plus shift + = shift + =
× Multiplication alt + 0215
÷ Division alt + 0247 alt + /
= Equals = =
Approximately equal alt + x
Not equals alt + =
< Less-than shift + , shift + ,
> Greater-than shift + . shift + .
Less-than or equal alt + ,
Greater-than or equal alt + .
± Plus-minus alt + 0177 shift + §
¦ Broken bar alt + 0166
^ Caret (Ascii Circumflex) alt + 94 shift + 6
~ (Ascii tilde) shift + ` shift + `
¬ Logical Not alt + 0172 alt + l
µ Micro sign (mu) alt gr + m alt + m
Ω Ohm sign (Omega) alt + z
Symmetric Difference (Delta) alt + j
π pi alt + p
Partial derivative alt + d
Product shift + alt + p
Summation alt + w
Square root alt + v
Infinity alt + 5
Integral alt + b
Lozenge (diamond) shift + alt + v
Fraction slash shift + alt + 1
¹ Superscript 1 alt + 0185
² Superscript 2 alt + 253
³ Superscript 3 alt + 0179
¼ One quarter alt + 0188
½ One half alt + 0189
¾ Three quarters alt + 0190

Windows-only

Character Name Windows shortcut Appple shortcut Linux shortcut
Smiley alt + 1 strg + shift + u + 263A
Black smiley alt + 2 strg + shift + u + 263B
Hearts (suit) alt + 3 strg + shift + u + 2665
Diamonds (suit) alt + 4 strg + shift + u + 2666
Clubs (suit) alt + 5 strg + shift + u + 2663
Spades (suit) alt + 6 strg + shift + u + 2660
Inverse bullet alt + 8 strg + shift + u + 25D8
White circle alt + 9 strg + shift + u + 25CB
Inverse white circle alt + 10 strg + shift + u + 25D9
Male sign alt + 11 strg + shift + u + 2642
Female sign alt + 12 strg + shift + u + 2640
Eighth note alt + 13 strg + shift + u + 266A
Beamed eighth notes alt + 14 strg + shift + u + 266B
Sun alt + 15 strg + shift + u + 263C
Black right-pointing pointer alt + 16 strg + shift + u + 25BA
Black left-pointing pointer alt + 17 strg + shift + u + 25C4
Up down arrow alt + 18 strg + shift + u + 2195
Double exclamation mark alt + 19 strg + shift + u + 203C
Black rectangle alt + 22 strg + shift + u + 25AC
Up down arrow with base alt + 23 strg + shift + u + 21A8
Upwards arrow alt + 24 strg + shift + u + 2191
Downwards arrow alt + 25 strg + shift + u + 2193
Rightwards arrow alt + 26 strg + shift + u + 2192
Leftwards arrow alt + 27 strg + shift + u + 2190
Right angle alt + 28 strg + shift + u + 221F
Left right arrow alt + 29 strg + shift + u + 2194
Black up-pointing triangle alt + 30 strg + shift + u + 25B2
Black down-pointing triangle alt + 31 strg + shift + u + 25BC
House alt + 127 strg + shift + u + 2302
Pesetas sign (alt + 158) strg + shift + u + 20A7
Reversed not sign (alt + 169) strg + shift + u + 2310
Light shade alt + 176 strg + shift + u + 2591
Medium shade alt + 177 strg + shift + u + 2592
Dark shade alt + 178 strg + shift + u + 2593
Box drawing element alt + 179 strg + shift + u + 2502
Box drawing element alt + 180 strg + shift + u + 2524
Box drawing element (alt + 181) strg + shift + u + 2561
Box drawing element (alt + 182) strg + shift + u + 2562
Box drawing element (alt + 183) strg + shift + u + 2556
Box drawing element (alt + 184) strg + shift + u + 2555
Box drawing element alt + 185 strg + shift + u + 2563
Box drawing element alt + 186 strg + shift + u + 2551
Box drawing element alt + 187 strg + shift + u + 2557
Box drawing element alt + 188 strg + shift + u + 255D
Box drawing element (alt + 189) strg + shift + u + 255C
Box drawing element (alt + 190) strg + shift + u + 255B
Box drawing element alt + 191 strg + shift + u + 2510
Box drawing element alt + 192 strg + shift + u + 2514
Box drawing element alt + 193 strg + shift + u + 2534
Box drawing element alt + 194 strg + shift + u + 252C
Box drawing element alt + 195 strg + shift + u + 251C
Box drawing element alt + 196 strg + shift + u + 2500
Box drawing element alt + 197 strg + shift + u + 253C
Box drawing element (alt + 198) strg + shift + u + 255E
Box drawing element (alt + 199) strg + shift + u + 255F
Box drawing element alt + 200 strg + shift + u + 255A
Box drawing element alt + 201 strg + shift + u + 2554
Box drawing element alt + 202 strg + shift + u + 2569
Box drawing element alt + 203 strg + shift + u + 2566
Box drawing element alt + 204 strg + shift + u + 2560
Box drawing element alt + 205 strg + shift + u + 2550
Box drawing element alt + 206 strg + shift + u + 256C
Box drawing element (alt + 207) strg + shift + u + 2567
Box drawing element (alt + 208) strg + shift + u + 2568
Box drawing element (alt + 209) strg + shift + u + 2564
Box drawing element (alt + 210) strg + shift + u + 2565
Box drawing element (alt + 211) strg + shift + u + 2559
Box drawing element (alt + 212) strg + shift + u + 2558
Box drawing element (alt + 213) strg + shift + u + 2552
Box drawing element (alt + 214) strg + shift + u + 2553
Box drawing element (alt + 215) strg + shift + u + 256B
Box drawing element (alt + 216) strg + shift + u + 256A
Box drawing element alt + 217 strg + shift + u + 2518
Box drawing element alt + 218 strg + shift + u + 250C
Full block alt + 219 strg + shift + u + 2588
Lower half block alt + 220 strg + shift + u + 2584
Left half block (alt + 221) strg + shift + u + 258C
Rigth half block (alt + 222) strg + shift + u + 2590
Upper half block alt + 223 strg + shift + u + 2580
α Greek letter alpha (alt + 224) strg + shift + u + 03B1
Γ Greek letter Gamma (alt + 226) strg + shift + u + 0393
Σ Greek letter Sigma (alt + 228) strg + shift + u + 03A3
σ Greek letter sigma (alt + 229) strg + shift + u + 03C3
τ Greek letter tau (alt + 231) strg + shift + u + 03C4
Φ Greek letter Phi (alt + 232) strg + shift + u + 03A6
Θ Greek letter Theta (alt + 233) strg + shift + u + 0398
δ Greek letter delta (alt + 235) strg + shift + u + 03B4
φ Greek letter phi (alt + 237) strg + shift + u + 03C6
ε Greek letter epsilon (alt + 238) strg + shift + u + 03B5
Intersection (alt + 239) strg + shift + u + 2229
Identical to (alt + 240) strg + shift + u + 2261
Top half integral (alt + 244) strg + shift + u + 2320
Bottom half integral (alt + 245) strg + shift + u + 2321
Bullet operator (alt + 249) strg + shift + u + 2219
Superscript n (alt + 252) strg + shift + u + 207F
Black square alt + 254 strg + shift + u + 25A0

Hint: You can copy & paste all characters shown, even if there’s no keyboard shortcut available, like Ω on Windows.
Find dozens of special characters not available via keyboard shortcuts at Typefacts: Tweeting symbols!

German keyboard?