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How to make a ''£'' when in British English

I have a MacBook Pro bought in Japan. It has a US keyboard that can type the UK ''£'' sign with alt3 but I'm British so to prevent all my spelling being corrected to US spelling, I set my language to British English. However when British English is set, alt3 produces ''#''

I can't find how to print ''£''.

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  • randk_harris Nov 18, 2009

    Hi
    This is a MacBook and I don't have a numeric keypad. (at least I don't think I have one...) I've just tried to work out how to do this in word and I found customize keyboard but I couldn't see anything to let me add a symbol and then assign it to a key.
    Sorry if I'm being a bit dim...

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Alt 0163 is £. Numbers must be entered on the keypad, not the top row of numbers on the keyboard.
In Word you could also set a key you don't use such as ^ to produce £ so you don't have to bother with entering codes.

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    Digglesby Nov 18, 2009

    No, you're not being dim; I'm not familiar with a MacBook. But this should work in Word - I have Office 2007 & a PC, in case that makes any difference. Open Word and use Insert, Symbol to put a £ in your blank document. Select it & Copy. Now select the Office button - the thing in the top left corner & at the bottom of the menu should be Word Options. Select this, then Proofing, then AutoCorrect Options. The £ symbol should already be under the With: column. [And if not you can paste it there.] Choose a key you want to produce this symbol & insert it under Replace: Close everything & try it in Word. You can also use more than one key - something like ?? that will never be used - to produce another symbol. Remember what you did so you can delete or change this in the future.

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