There are many more letters and symbols in Windows than there are on the keyboard, for example, we often need signs of degrees, euros, fractions. To quickly enter a character not available on the keyboard, use the built-in Character Map utility.
- Press Win+R, and in the “Run” window that appears, type “charmap”.
- In the Character Map window, left-click the special character you want to insert into your document and click “Select.
- The special character will be copied into the copy field. Click “Copy” to add the symbol to the clipboard.
- Use the “Ctrl+V” keys to paste the symbol into the desired location in your document.
To copy several special characters at once, left-click the first character you want to use. Click the “Select” button.
Now click on the second symbol you want to use. And click “Select” again. Repeat the operation for all the special characters you want to copy. At the end, click “Copy”.
In the lower right corner of the window there is a code to enter the symbol through a keyboard shortcut. To paste a special character using the keyboard, hold down the “Alt” key and enter the character code.
For example, to insert the degree symbol “°”, hold down “Alt” and type “0176” on the numeric keypad. Important: to enter the symbol code, we must use the digits on the numeric keypad (the group of keys on the right side of the keyboard).