Instructions for using Windows Alt Codes

Welcome to Useful Shortcuts, THE Alt Code resource!

If you are already familiar with using alt codes, simply select the alt code category you need from the table below.

If you need help using alt codes find and note down the alt code you need then visit our instructions for using alt codes page.

Alt codes work on computers running any of Microsoft's Windows operating systems.

  1. Find the Alt Code you need from the alt code tables on this site or from the downloadable Alt Code list.
  2. Make sure that "Number Lock" is switched on.
    There should be a light on your keyboard indicating this.

If not, press the "Number Lock" key at the top left of the numeric keypad.

  • Hold down the "Alt" key to the left of the space bar and key the code on the numeric keypad.
    Don't release the "Alt" key until after you've typed the alt code. When you release it you should see the special character you include.
  • Instructions for entering Alt Codes on a lap top
    Even if you have a laptop or a keyboard with no numeric keypad - you can still use alt codes.

    1. Look for a "function" or "fn" key normally near the bottom left of the keyboard.
    2. Look for a button with "num lock" written in the same colour which is usually near the top right of the keyboard.

  • While holding "function" press and relase "num lock".
  • Enter alt codes using the method above but to enter the actual numeric alt code use the keys with numbers in the same colour as the function (fn) key. Normally "U" has 4 on it for example.
  • Switch "num lock" off in the same way as you switched it on to continue using your keyboard normally.

  • Alt Codes Menu - Go to complete list of alt codes by category
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    Free Download - Complete list of Alt Codes - Handy to print and stick near your PC!
    Download the complete list of Alt Codes - Version 3 published 9th December 2006.

    You will need Adobe's Acrobat reader to open this file.
    File includes all the Alt Codes on this site by category on a single sheet.