ASCII codes for common non-standard characters

30 Jul

In last week’s post I explained how to insert non-traditional characters into your Word or other text-based document. I promised to share a list of commonly used ASCII keyboard shortcut Alt+ codes, and here they are. If you have a favourite non-standard character that is not represented here, please let me know in the comments below, and I’ll consider adding it.

Where did I get these codes from? As explained previously, you can pick them up in Word when inserting a character (Insert – Symbol – drop down From to ASCII) or in the Character Map (click on a symbol, look bottom right for the code). There are also various online resources that list them, and this is a list of my favourites. I hope you find it useful!

à  Alt-0224 lower case a grave

á  Alt-0225 lower case a acute

â  Alt-0226 lower case a circumflex

ä  Alt-0228 lower case a diaeresis

æ  Alt-0230 lower case ae

ç  Alt-0231 lower case c cedilla

è  Alt-0232 lower case e grave

é  Alt-0233 lower case e acute

É  Alt-0201 upper case e acute

ê  Alt-0234 lower case e circumflex

í  Alt-0237 lower case i acute

ñ  Alt-0241 lower case n tilde

ô  Alt-0244 lower case o circumflex

õ Alt-0245 lower case o tilde

ö Alt-0246 lower case o diaeresis

ø  Alt-0248 lower case o stroke

ð  Alt-0240 lower case eth

Р Alt-0208 upper case eth

þ  Alt-0254 lower case thorn

Þ  Alt-0222 upper case thorn

ß  Alt-0223 lower case sharp

× Alt-158 multiplication symbol

÷ Alt-246 division symbol

Note: there is no ASCII code for a tick / check mark – you need to use Wingdings2 and a P in Word, not sure how people manage it elsewhere (add a comment if you know how to do this).

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Language use, Short cuts, Word, Writing


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12 responses to “ASCII codes for common non-standard characters

  1. lauraannripper

    July 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Very handy list – thank you for posting it!


    • Liz at Libro

      July 30, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks, Laura! Do let me know if you want me to add any others …


  2. shewolfinthevalley

    August 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I regularly use the Alt139 to get a lower case i with a diaeresis, as I have one in my name. But I have no idea how to do it when I have a keyboard with no number pad… any clues?


    • Liz at Libro

      August 2, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      You SHOULD be able to bring up the character map as described, copy and then do a Ctrl-V in whatever application you’re in to pop it in your word wherever you are. Hope that helps!


  3. Arlene Prunkl

    August 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Liz, how do you make the mathematical multiplication symbol (as opposed to the letter X)? I can never find it in Symbols in Word.


    • Liz at Libro

      August 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Thanks for your question, Arlene – Alt-158 will give you an multiplication symbol: ×


      • Arlene Prunkl

        August 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

        Thanks, Liz!


      • Arlene Prunkl

        August 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm

        Okay, I pressed “Alt” and held it down while typing the numbers 1,5,8. Crazy stuff happened, and it didn’t work. What am I doing wrong?


        • Liz at Libro

          August 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

          Erm, what exactly happened?


          • Arlene Prunkl

            August 3, 2014 at 8:13 pm

            Tabs at the top (I work in Chrome) started shifting, and I ended up on my e-mail.


            • Liz at Libro

              August 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

              Ah, there must be a shortcut set up. I will try to find where it is in the character map …



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