Whether you’re a student preparing a research paper, a business executive composing an important project proposal, or a tourist jotting down memories of your latest vacation, a keyboard symbols glossary can be a helpful reference tool.
Although a standard computer keyboard contains all of the letters, numbers, and punctuation you need for most compositions, there are times when you may find yourself searching for a special symbol that isn’t readily available on your keyboard. For example, résumé, home décor, tête-à-tête, and à la carte are words you may use when writing in English that still require special accented characters. If you are writing about a particular product, you may also find yourself in need of the copyright (©), registered (®), or trademark (™) symbols.
In most computer education classes, students are taught to create these keyboard symbols using Alt codes. When creating keyboard symbols with this method, remember the following points:
If you find the Alt codes for creating keyboard symbols inconvenient to use, you may want to try exploring the features of the Windows Character Map. This handy tool allows you to view all of the special characters that are available on your computer according to which font you wish to use before copying and pasting the correct symbol into your document.
You can find the Character Map on your computer by going to All Programs--Accessories--System Tools--Character Map. Detailed instructions for how to use this feature can be found on the Computer Education Web site.