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How to get ascii characters on your laptop keyboard

Getting ascii characters on a regular keyboard simply requires that you press alt + a combination of numbers on your number pad.  However, it's just a little bit different on a laptop that doesn't have a normal number pad.

To get ascii characters on a laptop keyboard you can use one of two methods.

1. Press and hold the fn + alt keys, punch in the number of the ascii character you want and then let go of the fn + alt keys (see illustration below)

or

2. Press fn + num lk keys (the little light above num lk should light up), and then press alt + the number of the ascii character you want on the laptop number pad as illustrated below.

Laptop Keyboard Number Pad Picture

If you used the first method and you want to get ¾, you just press and hold fn + alt, punch in 0190 on the laptop numpad and then let go fn + alt.  You should then see ¾.

If you used the second method and you want to get ¾, you just press and hold the alt key, punch in 0190 on the numpad and then let go the alt key.

To get chevrons like this « », the numbers for them are 174 and 175 respectively.  You can find all sorts of ascii codes online.  Just Google the term "ascii codes" and you'll find even more of them to suit your needs.

If you want to experiment with ascii, just open Notepad and try the codes in there, starting with fn + alt + 1, fn + alt + 2 and so on.

* To learn how to get the special characters on your laptop keyboard, click here.

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Get ascii characters using laptop keyboard