Windows Alt Codes for Special Characters, Signs & Symbols

This is the complete list of the original Microsoft Windows Alt codes (Alt key shortcuts) for special characters, signs and symbols which is based on the ASCII character encoding standard. In computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems, Alt codes are keyboard shortcuts that can be used to quickly type, enter, insert or input these special characters that are not present in the repertoire of character keys on a normal QWERTY computer keyboard. A few 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 . If you are new to Alt codes and need detailed instructions on how to use Alt codes, please read How to Use Alt Codes to Enter Special Characters.

A quick explanation on this reference list of Windows Alt codes:

  • 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 red 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.