Windows Alt Codes for Special Characters, Signs & Symbols

This is the complete reference list of the original Microsoft Windows Alt codes for special characters, signs, and symbols, which are based on the ASCII character encoding standard. Examples of these special characters are accented Latin letters such as ñ, Greek letters such as Σ, mathematical symbols such as ÷, punctuation signs such as , currency symbols such as £, graphical symbols such as ░, and emoticons/emoji such as . Majority of these special characters are not present in the repertoire of character keys on a normal QWERTY computer keyboard. To get around this keyboard limitation, keyboard shortcuts were set up in Microsoft’s Windows operating system, so that by pressing the Alt key followed by a unique sequence of number keys, a special character can be quickly inserted. Hence the terms Alt codes or Alt key codes. If you are new to Alt codes and need detailed instructions on how to use them, please read How to Use Alt Codes to Enter Special Characters. Take note of the brief explanation of the reference list of Alt codes below:

  • Alt codes without leading zeroes (Alt nnn) produce characters & symbols based on IBM Code Page 437 / DOS.
  • Alt codes with leading zeroes (Alt 0nnn) produce characters & symbols based on Windows Code Page 1252.
  • Alt codes without leading zeroes (Alt nnn) and Alt codes with leading zeroes (Alt 0nnn) may produce different, or the same, characters and symbols as can be observed side-by-side in the list below.
  • Alt codes in blue are for non-printable and non-displayable control characters.
  • You can tap or click any character listed below to copy it to your clipboard and then paste it into your document.