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".