How to use Alt Codes for Special Characters, and Symbols

On this site, you can find both Alt Code, and Unicode values for special characters, and symbols. On the main page, there are only alt code values fully listed in two separate tables. Categorised pages include both Alt Code(if exists) and Unicode values together.
The common procedure to add both types is: The symbol is selected as you click on it, then you can drag&drop, or just copy&paste it anywhere you like.
The special characters and symbols can be typed by their Alt Code values on computers which are running Microsoft Windows operating systems. They cannot be typed by their Unicode values. Unicode values can be used within HTML, Java..etc programming languages.
To type an Alt Code for a special character or symbol on your computer please follow the instructions below.

  1. Make sure that you switch on the Number Lock on your keyboard. Please click to learn how to do it on laptops.
  2. Hold down the ALT key (left alt key).
  3. Type the alt code(you should use the numbers on the keypad, not the ones on top row) for the special character or symbol you want to get and release the ALT key.

Example 1

For example the alt code for heart is 3
Press and hold the ALT key and type 3 then release ALT key and you'll get

Example 2

For example the decimal alt code for euro sign is 0128
Press and hold the ALT key and type 0 1 2 8 then release ALT key and you'll get

Recent Comments

【✯SINGLE✯】 ☜☆☞ ╔═ஓ๑♡๑ஓ═╗ LEAGUE OF LEGEND ╚═ஓ๑♡๑ஓ═╝ 2019-06-28 23:20:36

wahahha wahahhaha

HBRINEGAMING1821 (on mc java edition) 2019-06-22 07:34:07

For Minecraft players who can answer this:

Why does Java Edition on a Windows 10 Gaming laptop (WITH THE NUMPAD AND ALT BUTTONS) not allow you to type in a "§" on a Minecraft sign, it's "Alt + Numpad 2 + Numpad 1", but any other alt code works that is a compatible special character on Minecraft text.

This is a big question, because I have a Dell brand Windows 10 laptop (Intended for gaming with.).

Klaas 2019-06-14 02:43:50

In Microsoft Word you can input the (hexadecimal) Unicode, followed by Alt+C to get any Unicode character. Alt+C also works vice versa and for combining diacritic characters (with U+...). aU+304 for example results in ā (a with macron), nU+303 results in ñ (n with tilde) as in Spanish señor. But in any case you need the hexadecimal code and not the decimal code. Does anyone know a macro or keyboard shortcut for converting decimal code to the corresponding characters?

562387165 2019-05-31 03:38:41

how to type lenny face

Csaba 2019-05-30 00:22:21

It works strange for me. According to the table 0232 should result è, but I get č. The nearby codes work well, e.g. 0231 for ç and 0333 for é. What could be the reason? (In this post I wrote è with copy-paste.)

anneonymous 2019-05-27 04:20:17

Have looked everywhere for a bus symbol

JP 2019-05-14 11:01:04

My laptop enters square symbols when I try to input arrow symbols (alt 26). What do I do? I have to copy and paste :(

a person 2019-04-21 16:00:32

Ya know, if you have a laptop (Idk which) instead of ALT codes and num-lock, do this: CRTL + SHIFT + U. Should be a lowercase u. After that, if you type a HEXADECIMAL (Has to be hexadecimal) value like ff (which is 255) it will be a ɕ! CRTL + SHIFT + U = u

a person 2019-04-21 03:19:03

the codes are fun, on my laptop, doing ALT + SHIFT + U makes me able to input hexadecimal codes. ALT + SHIFT + U + 01FF13 =

Damon 2019-03-24 21:08:25

For everyone having trouble doing these codes, it only works with a numpad. the numbers on the keyboard top line don't count.
Also, if there's a zero at the beginning of the code, you HAVE to type that zero, or you'll get a different symbol

Kravn 2019-03-23 06:42:34

tryin H҉A҉R҉D҉C҉O҉R҉E҉

okay' 2019-03-02 17:02:54

what ஐ

tamer 2019-02-24 14:34:58

what should apple users or MAC users do ?

Shelly 2019-02-22 01:16:05

how can i create a symbol code of my own?
is it possible?

arvind agarwal 2019-02-08 23:28:32

Does it works in windows 10? I am using windows 10 but it is not working ☹

babita 2019-01-30 04:49:03

english symbols

Nicolas Renne 2019-01-26 10:17:14

the 26th of January 2019

as you see I could write d|| inside the file name, but when I use the Alt Code 124 to obtain the unbroken vertical line it is not working inside the window that appears after doing the following procedure and I am getting a broken vertical line when I use the AltCode 124:

Right-click Command Prompt from the menu and select Run as Administrator
In the Command Prompt window type regsvr32%windir%system32jscript.d||
Press Enter. A window titled RegSvr32 will appear informing you that registration has succeeded
Restart your computer. You will now be able to run your iolo product normally.

Could you help me to get a vertical unbroken line instead of a broken vertical line when I use the Alt Code 124?
Thank you very Much.

Best Regards,

Anonymous 2019-01-14 10:43:51


Jessica 2019-01-04 11:16:46

Can anyone tell me what this is and what it says? I would greatly appreciate it.

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arvind agarwal 2018-12-28 03:46:44

That never ever works

Candi 2018-12-13 08:18:16

Is there an alt code for a lightening bolt? Tried alt+26A1...makes an emoji :(

Abhiram 2018-12-06 15:31:49

I want to type an inverted exclamation mark and I tried to press Alt 173, but it is not showing an inverted exclamation mark! How do I type Alt 173?

asa 2018-11-06 07:29:56

║°║°║°║ ║°╚═╗
║°╚═╩═╩═╩═══╩╗ show me how to make this one i just copyied so show me how to make
╚════════════╝it please

nhyg 2018-11-05 19:01:34

it wont work

Nathan 2018-10-31 21:04:10

™ Alt 0153
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fsgregs 2018-10-22 12:01:25

ALT 8322 produces this character é. instead of a subscript 2. HELP!

awd 2018-10-16 05:38:55

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Dennis 2018-10-04 13:29:49

it doesnt work for me because when i type codes it makes me undo :((((((((((((((

Help 2018-09-10 13:34:33

What means


some bored anon 2018-06-10 19:58:53

@ J C- i couldn't find an alt code (i don't think there is one,) but the unicode value for that character is U+8C50. there's a few ways of putting it in but the way i do is basically the same as alt codes, but instead you hold alt, press the + symbol and then type your combination of letters and numbers. that does require you to make a permanent change to your registry settings and it doesnt work with every application so i cant say i recommend it (google the instructions for that bc i dont feel like typing them all out here. also if you dont have prior experience please dont try messing with those bc you might mess up your computer.) alternatively there's a program out there called unicodeimput that you could install, just google it

J C 2018-05-26 20:43:10

Is anyone able to find the alt code for the 55th Hexagram of "I-Ching"?
It looks like this 豐

If anyone can find it I'd be very grateful!
It may not exist and be stuck w copy paste every time....

Oh well, worth asking.

Prince K 2018-04-08 02:38:52

☠☯☢✠☮☭✌☣☤ SHARING CODES...

copy and paste 2018-03-24 08:17:55

1.)Make sure that you switch on the NUMBER LOCK on your keyboard.
2.)Hold down the [ALT] key (left alt key).
3.)Type the alt code(you should use the numbers on the keypad, not the ones on top row) for the special character or symbol you want to get and release the [ALT] key.

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Linh Nguyen 2018-02-07 18:16:10

it doesn't work for me :(((((( I have a hp laptop can I ask why ?

Stew Lindenberger 2018-02-07 11:15:06

What I find most interesting: on my W10 x64 Pro system, the ALt + a number typed in on the keypad does work to produce the symbols found in any font - with the exception of inside EXCEL cells. It is inconsistent there - some show up as expected, others not. But here's the part that I find unusual: If I select Calibri font for example and type Alt+5 a club symbol appears. There is no character assigned to Alt+5 in the font! There is a range of lower numbers that produce symbols that are NOT present in the selected font. Where are they coming from? How does the system decide which font's characters to insert there?

keridah 2018-02-01 09:18:14

it doesnt work for me i have a yoga 11e lenovo

kishi 2018-01-30 16:58:21

it doesn't work for me probobally because i have a acer laptop

Crazy8 2018-01-30 14:36:32

I am having trouble with a recycle symbol/shortcut. Any suggestions?

Mike 2018-01-17 20:48:54

Works in NotePad, doesn't in WordPad.

codeoverload 2017-12-07 03:49:32

So not the normal number keys but that dusty number key pad on right..phfff!
Look at me playing about Alt-Codes'Sketch Pad...Trial run works!(Thanks)
However away from this site typing any Code crosswires with nothing remotely alike.
Again! Forums notch up another Windows 10 curse...Love a reboot please.

codeoverload 2017-12-04 05:02:58

Instructions are fine and I have Numbers Lock on...hold left [Alt](Number) Nothing!
It doesn't work in Symbol Test Box.Press Alt in Windows 10 Publisher it just prints.
Note most stuff fails in 10...(Editing & Photo option/s are almost obsolete)
Each version more useless than previous.Please return our XP companion models.

Joe Percy 2017-10-26 16:20:58

ALT+961 does not work for greek letter rho ρ
Is there an ALT code that does work?
ALT+961 brings ┴
ALT+0961 brings Á

How can this be?

Lynne 2017-10-08 11:18:50

Very useful. I use Windows 10 and Word 365. and all the codes work just fine.

it works in notepad 2017-10-05 15:24:34

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rob 2017-08-17 16:15:05

Nope. Doesn't work at all in Word 2010. Press the Alt key and it takes you out of word to Documents.

Sam 2017-08-11 16:38:09

I used to be able to use the ALT + 1, ALT + 2, etc. just fine and now when I try to type it on my browser and I cant get anything. I think there is something to reverse it back to normal?

Garry 2017-08-02 07:15:28

These codes do not work for me. I make then up to a four digit input, thus not [alt] + 1 but [alt] + 0001 and have no problems

Erik 2017-07-11 04:33:58

I found a couple of things that might help people.

- The Character Map that Mchan mentioned works great. If you're using Windows 8, just hit the Start Key and type “Character Map”. A box will come up with all the characters. You can select different fonts which change each character.

- I found that different keyboards may have an issue when holding down the ALT key. If you are using certain programs like Microsoft Word, pressing the ALT key will select the menu's hotkeys (File, Home, Insert, Share, etc). You need to hit the ALT key once, then hit it again and hold it down while selecting the numbers you choose. IE: Alt +1 = ☺, Alt+2 =☻, Alt +3 = ♥ and so on.

- If you are having a problem getting the Alt Code Characters to work in a web browser, I suggest using a Program like Microsoft Word (Not a Text Document) to create them in and then copy and paste them where you want.

Hyatt 2017-06-16 08:59:16

I tried but nothing happened. Now I realised that my notebook doesn't have num pads ;)

Johnny 2017-06-14 23:15:21

What is the code for 7/8

Silvia 2017-05-23 02:28:55

All of a sudden I am having problems getting the "ñ" in my facebook comments. The same as Debbie, I just get a "Do you want to stay" or "Do you want to leave" response. All other alt signs work, except the small "ñ". It also works on all other programs. Can anyone help me?

♠♣♦■■╥√♥♥ <3 ◘•♦○↓←↔↑→ 2017-05-08 14:22:22

♠♣♦■■╥√♥♥ <3 ◘•♦○↓←↔↑→

mchan 2017-04-28 23:27:27

REMINDER: These codes can be found by going to Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map.

Platy 2017-04-22 03:13:10

Just a reminder that in most pcs the number must be on the number pad at the right of the keyboard

Keith 2017-04-21 19:05:52

Alt 0190 for 3/4

Susana Bottiglieri 2017-04-21 02:32:48

The m (109) doesn't work for me.

adrian 2017-04-02 05:37:50

à and ¢ ?

reply 2017-03-29 22:22:22

Debbie, are you using NumLk?

O_O 2017-03-29 22:18:10

how do you get ᴥ

Masecannon 2017-02-07 18:23:45

When i hold ALT and try to type in the code 2013 all it does is makes me press the undo button.

E 2017-01-27 13:50:28

It doesn't work for me.

Vince 2017-01-26 01:08:40

The issue with characters is historical. In increasing processing power from 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 bit computing, more characters became available. From 127 to 256 to 65,000. The first set was called American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) Then we went to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) then to the Unicode system (65,000)
I put characters in to 3 loose categories in the Windows environment. Symbols, Wingdings and other fonts that I call Normal (excluding specialty font sets). In a Normal font set Alt 188 (ASCII) and Alt 0188 (ANSI) will give different characters (╝ compared to ¼). If we choose Alt 0169 in Normal we get ©, in Symbol we get a heart and in Wingdings we get a 3 pointed star.
Hope that helps, by the way Microsoft use the term Font for a character sets (ie Times New Roman) and the rest of the world use the word Typeface. Technically a font is a subset of a typeface (eg italic, bold)

♀♥♦Female♦♥♀ 2017-01-05 19:18:29

I knew this for ages ☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○♂♀♪♫☼►◄↕‼¶§▬↨↑↓→←∟↔▲▼ !"½╡yâ┐í╝ä╢]

RonMcG 2017-01-02 22:59:46

Some codes vary depending on the font you are using. Go through the Character Map to see what is available and what the code is. I keep a short cut on my desktop and use it when I need a special symbol.

☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○◙♂♀♪♫☼►◄↕‼¶§▬↑↓→←∟↔▲▼éâäàåçê 2016-12-26 19:11:13


rutopia 2016-12-13 16:00:09

alt 3 does not work in g+

DOTA @ STEAM 2016-12-01 05:01:06

How to do a sun and yin yang alt code?

ERIC 2016-11-21 21:07:38


Donglin Huang 2016-10-21 07:26:35

Be careful of these codes. These are the base codes and are not the extended codes.
ý (Alt 0253) is different to ² (Alt 253). Like the degree symbol (°)is an extended code.
But these codes can be easily found by going to Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map. Select the symbol you want and at the bottom it tells you the Keystroke to get this symbol (Alt+0176. Note this is using the number keypad only for the numbers).

Debbie 2016-10-19 21:42:01

I've read through all these comments and although when I did the google search it showed that the answer I needed would be here because they showed the question. However, it is not. My alt + codes had been working just fine. I don't know what I typed (typing too fast) that now when I do the code it doesn't work. As soon as I press 1 and a pop-up window says "Leave or stay on page" Can anyone help? I have to use the alt keys a lot. Thanks!

Sandy 2016-10-14 14:41:55

I am unable to find the alt code for 3/4 because the alt +0190 doesn't give me the 3/4 symbol. Please give the correct alt code for this symbol.

anonymous 2016-09-25 13:47:09

how do i make he codes that have &# and ; in them???

Kilek 2016-09-19 10:41:08

If i do press Alt+236 i get this symbol ý
and not ∞
I dont understand why

Ko.Basker 2016-09-04 14:56:18

I want to get the method to use into mark symbol

lolz thx 2016-08-31 14:16:52


lolz thx 2016-08-31 14:16:15


Blog 2016-08-17 21:32:38

YAY! Thank you so much!♥♡❤❥❦❣

jayant parikh 2016-08-09 05:20:56

the information on use of alternate code was very useful

Tanberg 2016-08-01 18:52:17

How do I type a symbol for a mobilphone?

Jez 2016-07-27 12:51:04

How do I find @ on an ACER Aspire Cloudbook 11 ?

Cecil 2016-07-24 05:35:37

I have Windows 7 and WORD 2013 and none of the ALT_Codes work. I tried with NumLock on and off. Anybody else have this problem?

Lu 2016-07-22 19:29:13

There was a shortcut to make the symbol larger and smaller using a combo of keys or maybe even an F key. Anyone know?

2016-07-21 23:30:17


Websun 2016-07-08 22:21:42

If your program has a colour icon for characters, like in Word or Thunderbird, just selct your character colour and type on.

Websun 2016-07-08 22:18:46

I had trouble getting anything until I learned to release both buttons quickly after I had tapped the number.
In some programs it doesn't matter if the num lock is on or off. In word it does.

2016-06-19 23:24:03

i can't type it because when i use the code nothing happens :-( but I can type an

TheHTML5Ninja 2016-06-09 18:30:15

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Alicia 2016-06-03 18:11:26

I need to Type the Phone Symbol for Calibri Font

π 2016-05-28 19:00:51


Barbara 2016-05-25 18:00:08

I need help please. I don`t want to use diacritics but sometimes I must press the wrong keys and get into a diacritic keyboard option. I need to know what I`m doing wrong, and how to get my normal keyboard back. i.e. when I want an `at` sign, I get " instead. What am I doing to cause this and how do I correct itÉ see, I can`t even type a question mark. thanks in advance for any help

Tim Steinert 2016-05-17 22:59:31

The MOST important thing that is NOT said in the instructions is you must follow all the directions AND enter your numbers from the NUMBER PAD on the right side of your keyboard!

IDK 2016-05-15 23:06:42

It still doesn't work for some reason and is the num lock supposed to be locked or no?

('{}')/ 2016-05-11 22:44:34

my number lock isn't working

sophie 2016-04-30 00:38:08

when I use the number it doesn't gave me what it surpose to help me please

HANNAKIN SKYWALKER 2016-04-20 17:42:25


noname 2016-04-12 13:25:21

ATL 113117121

Anonymous 2016-04-10 18:37:08

I can't find the number lock on my keyboard, so this is what it looks like.

Amy 2016-04-08 00:53:28

Do you guys know how to do this on a tablet? Preferably an iPad? I really don't want to download an app, thanks ♫♥☺

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