Though your keyboard only shows the standard English alphabet, you aren't limited to these options. Most computers are capable of displaying thousands of special characters. Using special "Alt" codes on your keyboard, you can insert foreign characters, phonetic symbols and certain emoticons. If you want to type a cross on your keyboard, the process takes just seconds with the right keyboard sequence.
Things You'll Need
- Keyboard with 10-key
Click on the place where you want to insert a cross. Most programs indicate the selected area with a flashing vertical line.
Press the "NumLock" button to turn on your computer's 10-key.
Press and hold the "Alt" key.
Type "0134" using the 10-key. The code won't work using the numbers at the top of the keyboard; you must use the 10-key. Once you type the sequence, a cross is inserted on-screen.
- Saint Louis University; Alt Codes for Typing Foreign Characters on a Windows PC; March 2010
- "Indie Fonts: A Compendium of Digital Type from Independent Foundaries"; James Grieshaber, et al.; 2007
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