|How do I create a degree symbol (o) when typing an email in Gmail? I use Windows XP.||MacInSD||9/1/09 9:39 AM|
|Re: How do I create a degree symbol (o) when typing an email in Gmail? I use Windows XP.||JohnW2||9/1/09 9:48 AM|
Use the [Alt] key along with a code on the numeric keypad. This trick has been around for ages. You press the [Num Lock] key, and then hold down the [Alt] key while you enter the extended ASCII code on the numeric keypad. When you release the [Alt] key, the special character whose ASCII code you typed appears in your document. This approach is very popular because it's easy to create a cheat sheet of the codes you use most often. Many users simply tape the cheat sheet near their monitors for easy reference. The problem with this approach, of course, is locating a master list of the ASCII codes, and the fact all applications don't necessarily know how to interpret those codes when you enter them from the keyboard.
Use Word's Insert Symbol feature. This trick is the one I use. Create a master list of the codes you use most often. Then copy the characters you need out of that document on an as-needed basis.
PS. The Extended ASCII code you require is 248, which gives you the degree symbol.
|Re: How do I create a degree symbol (o) when typing an email in Gmail? I use Windows XP.||MacInSD||9/1/09 12:20 PM|
Thanks for the reply John.
I'm familiar with the Alt key + code method and use it on my desk top which has a numeric keypad. The code, incidently, with Windows Word is Alt+0176.
The problem I'm having is with my laptop which does not have a numeric keypad. The number keys on the Qwerty keyboard don't work the same as with a numberic keypad.
I have also created a degree symbol from Windows Word and then copied and pasted it to what I was writing in Gmail, but that is a long way around what I hoped would be a simple quick insert.
Is there a way to create a master list of codes that resides in my Gmail account and that would enable me to just use a hotkey or short code (as in Alt0176) to insert the symbol as I typed my email?
|Re: How do I create a degree symbol (o) when typing an email in Gmail? I use Windows XP.||bkennelly||9/1/09 1:54 PM|
You could use the Character Map application to enter those characters, or switch keyboard layouts. (On my us-intl layout, the degree sign is on "alt-shift-;")
|Re: How do I create a degree symbol (o) when typing an email in Gmail? I use Windows XP.||JJones4PMSI||5/20/10 7:38 AM|
To enter a symbol using the "Character Map" application:
In Windows XP, Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Character Map
click on the character desired - click in "Characters to copy" - click "Select" - click "Copy"
return to Gmail - hold down Ctrl key + v to paste it