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January 24, 2011

Special Characters For Mac, Windows And HTML

Have you ever wondered how people enter special characters, such as the copyright symbol©, or special language characters such as: á or  ö ? There is a huge list of extra characters and symbols in existence that you don’t find on your keyboard. It is not possible to have all special characters crammed onto a keyboard.

So here is a list of website which offer you a list of special characters, Punctuations, Fractions, Math Symbols, Currency Symbols, Foreign Characters, Accented Characters etc. which you can use in your documents as per your need.

Special characters on Macintosh (Apple keyboards)

On MacOS, the option key functions as a modifier key like the shift key. Hold it down and press another key simultaneously. For shift+option, hold down both the shift and option keys and press the additional letter key simultaneously.

Special characters on Windows (PC keyboards)

On Windows, the Alt key functions as a modifier like the Shift key. To make special characters, hold down the Alt key and type in the numbers from the numeric keypad.

It offers you to embed typing diacritics and special character for Microsoft keyboards – Standard English, Macintosh Keyboard, Microsoft English US – International Keyboard. It also offers you common shortcut keys for Microsoft keyboard which can help you in your day today work.


It offers you Accented letters, foreign characters, Currency symbols, Math symbols and Punctuations. It also gives you complete instructions how to use these symbols.specialchr1


Software to help you find special characters

Macintosh OS x

On Macintosh OS X, you can use the operating system’s character palette to find special characters. Press command+option+T to make the character palette window appear.


For Windows, use the Character Map application, available from the Start Menu (look in System Tools).

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