Typing in Windows

There are many ways to type foreign characters in Windows. This page describes the method of typing using the character number (the unicode value) for a character. Using Microsoft Word or an IME can be much quicker for composition. The advantage of this method is that it works in many more circumstances.

Table Notes:

To type special characters in Windows, you press and hold down the Alt key, type in the code for the character you desire using the keyboards number pad on the right side of the keyboard, and not the number keys above the letter keys, then release the Alt key. The desired character will appear as soon as the Alt key is released.

To create "á" for example, you would press and hold down Alt, type in "0225" using your number pad, then release the Alt key.

Accute Accents

Á
á
Alt + 0193
Alt + 0225
É
é
Alt + 0201
Alt + 0233
Í
í
Alt + 0205
Alt + 0237
Ó
ó
Alt + 0211
Alt + 0243
Ú
ú
Alt + 0218
Alt + 0250

Grave Accents

À
à
Alt + 0192
Alt + 0224
È
è
Alt + 0200
Alt + 0232
Ì
ì
Alt + 0204
Alt + 0236
Ò
ò
Alt + 0210
Alt + 0242
Ù
ù
Alt + 0217
Alt + 0249

General Characters

«Left-pointing angular quote mark Alt + 174
»Right-pointing angular quote mark Alt + 175
¡Inverted exclamation point Alt + 0161
¿Inverted question mark Alt + 0191
ßEszett Alt + 0223
Ç
ç
c-cedilla Alt + 0199
Alt + 0231
Ø
ø
Slashed o Alt + 0216
Alt + 0248
œEthel Alt + 0156
æAsh Alt + 0230
Ü
ü
Umlaut Alt + 0220
Alt + 0252
Ñ
ñ
Tilde Alt + 0209
Alt + 0241