Using Symbols

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Real Estate Agent with Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International

When we're blogging, it's easy to bold, underline or italicize a word or phrase because those buttons are right on top of the blog entry window.  But how to insert a symbol? 

When we use a registered trademark, it's important to use the ® symbol, because we don't want "Realtor" or "Cyberstar" to be used by an agent or public person who just wants to use that word.  So, you can use the Alt system.

Hold down the Alt key while pressing in sequence 0174 on your numeric keypad, and suddenly ® appears. So do this at the end of each word that needs the symbol. 

Here are some symbols/signs I frequently use:

    ®  Alt + 0174    Registered sign

    ©  Alt + 0169    Copyright sign

    °   Alt + 0176    Degree sign  (for when we're talking about Denver or Florida weather)

    ±   Alt + 0177    Plus or Minus sign

    ½   Alt + 0189   Fraction 1/2

    ¼   Alt + 0188   Fraction 1/4

    £    Alt + 0163   Pound sign

If you have the Word program, anywhere in the text you can click Insert, then Symbol and a whole list (more than one list, in fact) will pop out and you can choose the one you like. The ones you use frequently are automatically saved at the bottom of the window.  If you don't have Word, try this site, which categorizes the symbols. You may want to save the list on your computer.

For those of you who use notebooks or laptops without a numeric keypad, you can go to  another page, which will give you an alternative for entering symbols.

 

  • Note, added 7-11-07  There's a really simple way to do this on a notebook that Brad Andersohn blogged about today. Check his post then try it out.

For more sites and information, just google  "Alt +" or "Alt symbols". 

Sharon Simms, Real Estate Agent selling homes in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Gulf Beaches and the Tampa Bay area.   

 

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Coastal Properties Group
CHRISTIE'S International Real Estate
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St Petersburg, FL 33701
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(727) 898-2582    Sharon@SimmsTeam.com

 

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I have been trying to figure out how to do the +/- thing for YEARS! I ended up putting acreage as MOL...now I can get "fancy"..thanks to you! Merci beaucoup!
Mar 04, 2007 12:00 PM #35
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fantastic  I am learning soooo much in such a short time here
Mar 04, 2007 12:47 PM #36
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i have a laptop therefor i cannot use these symbols please put up ways so i can use them.

Jul 19, 2007 05:02 PM #37
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Sharon, thanks for sharing this information. This is a great help. Great Post.
Jul 20, 2007 12:14 AM #38
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Jack - Brad Andersohn posted recently about how to use symbols on a laptop. Here's the link.

Frank - glad it helped. 

Jul 21, 2007 10:15 AM #39
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I love how I keep getting pointed to all this cool stuff!  Thanks for this info. 
Jul 26, 2007 07:03 AM #40
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There are so many cool things on Active Rain. Glad you liked this one!
Jul 26, 2007 09:53 AM #41
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Great information.  No wonder it is still popping up, seven months after it was written.
Jul 26, 2007 10:44 AM #42
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Good 'ol ASCII.  Talking machine language usually takes multiple keystrokes.  It reminds me of WordStar where it took 3 keys to make something bold. 

By the way, for those of you with a numeric keypad embedded in your laptop keyboard, find the key that toggles you between the keypad and keyboard (e.g., mine is the Fn key) and hold that down while pressing the Alt key and number sequence.  It just keeps you toggled on the numeric keypad while using the otherwise alpha keys.  For ®, it would be this key combo:  Fn + Alt + 0174.  You have to hold down the Fn and Alt keys while typing the numbers.

Jul 26, 2007 10:54 AM #44
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Margaret - often times an old post will come up if someone makes a new link to it, exposing it to new readers.

Terry - thanks for the comment, and for adding me to your reading list.

Jay - that's a good idea. Thanks for sharing it.

Jul 27, 2007 02:08 AM #45
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Good to know...
Thanks!
Jul 27, 2007 04:06 AM #46
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Execellent post!  I forget to use symbols because I'm always in a rush!
Jul 27, 2007 07:51 AM #47
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I know that this symbols will come in handy but the formula is not practical with my Lap. I will talk with my computer admin to get some feedback. Thank nyou for your post.

Jul 28, 2007 10:01 AM #48
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Troy - you're welcome.

Jim - the easier they are to use and the more frequently you use them. the less likely you are to forget them.

Dionne - they ARE more difficult on some laptops. 

Jul 29, 2007 01:39 AM #49
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This is great information!  I love learning new things

Oct 26, 2007 10:57 AM #50
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Judy - glad it's useful!  Keep on learning.
Oct 26, 2007 11:26 AM #51
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Sharon Thank you so much for your awesome help! It works Perfect...

Aug 06, 2008 04:26 PM #52
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What a great Post!  Thanks so much!!!

Mar 16, 2010 01:46 PM #53
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You're welcome!

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HI Sharon - thanks much - was looking how to do this, google'd it, and your post came up!! Many thanks!

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