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ALT Codes How to use "ALT CODES" for special characters on a DELL Mini9, since it does not have a numeric keypad!

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  • James Valentine
    James Valentine Jan 22, 2009

    I have just purchased anew DELL Inspiron Mini 910 Notebook that only has a 'ROW' of the numbers located above the'QWERTYUIOP' keys & the keyboard DOES NOT HAVE!! A 'NUMERIC KEY PAD'!!
    I need to use special character by using the 'ALT' key to get the "ALT-CHAR" codes that give me the character I require; for example [using my desk top computer with a standard keyboard];
    ALT+0223=ß
    ALT+165=ñ
    ALT+227=π
    DELL tells me now I have to purchase a separate "EXTERNAL/USB KEY-PAD"
    which DEFEATS MY WHOLE PURPOSE OF HAVING A PORTABLE NOTEBOOK!! without a bunch of 'DONGLES' hanging all over it!!!
    Sooner or later SOMEONE or DELL will come up with a 'FIX/PATCH or SOLUTION'!!
    If there is anyone out there that knows somthing, PLEASE HELP!
    Thanks
    Jim V

  • Jay
    Jay May 11, 2010

    Well do you see character's in your keyboard printed in BLUE color? does it look familiar to the characters of the numeric keypad?
    you can access this by pressing the FN key on your keyboard it is also in BLUE color. Press the FN key again to deactivate the numeric keypad.


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I'm a little late to the game, but...
I share James's frustration. Seems like a dumb thing for Dell to economize on. Here's my workaround, for what it's worth.

  1. Open the Windows on-screen keyboard (osk.exe). And, for later ease of use, pin it to your taskbar. (Detailed instructions: click on the Windows start button, type osk.exe in the search box, right-click on the program, select Pin to Taskbar.)
  2. On the virtual keyboard, open Options and select "Turn on the numeric keypad." After saving the setting, press the NumLock button.
  3. Here's the tricky bit: press and hold Alt on your physical keyboard, and then press and hold Fn, again on your physical keyboard. You're holding them both down, right? Keep doing it. Now enter your four-digit code on the virtual (on-screen) keyboard. Release the physical keys. You should have your special character.
Hope it works for you.

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Firstly, you need to ensure the right fonts are in place. If you're unsure, install the ones from:

http://dejavu.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.../ what u can try this also,Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map and select the characters you want. and alos u can check this out

You mean☺☻♥♠○◘• !? just press and hold Alt and use the numeric keypad ☺☻♥♦♣♠•◘○ it also depends on what fonts you have available on your PC look below for more free fonts.
http://www.dafont.com/

START>RUN CHARMAP

use the character map with the Arial font and you can find them....

Normally you would make the same symbols using alt codes
example...: hold alt, key in 3 using the keypad, then let go and you get a ♥
OR

FOLLOW THE LINKS BELOW.....

Special ALT Characters§
http://www.tedmontgomery.com/tutorial/AL...

http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/inter...
http://www.forlang.wsu.edu/help/keyboard...
http://www.usefulshortcuts.com/alt%2Dcod...

There is also a character map on your computer.
You can use it as well.
Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Character Map

HTML ALT CHARS:
Special HTML Characters§
http://www.tedmontgomery.com/tutorial/HT...

Special <Font Face="Symbol"> Characters
http://www.tedmontgomery.com/tutorial/SY...

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