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Q. How do I input symbols such as the degrees sign, the cents symbol or an accented letter in my Outlook Express e-mail messages like I can with Word? -- Michael J. Hogan, St. Charles, Ill.

A. Microsoft Word uses the Symbol command from the Insert menu to insert special characters. There's no similar command in Outlook Express, but you can still enter those special characters if you know how.

In Windows, the easiest way to insert a character that doesn't appear on the keyboard is to open the Character Map utility (found on the Start menu under Programs, then Accessories; in Windows 98 go a layer deeper under System Tools), select the font you're using and click the character you want. Press the Select and Copy buttons to copy it to the clipboard. Then you can paste it into any document.

If you don't have Character Map on your computer, you can install it using the Add/Remove Programs control panel. Click on the Windows Setup tab, double-click on System Tools, and check the box next to Character Map.

Windows also allows you to enter special characters directly using the Alt key and the numeric keypad (Num Lock must be on). For example, enter an "e" with an acute accent mark by typing Alt-0233. Alt-0176 is the degrees symbol and Alt-0162 is the cents sign. For a table of all the standard characters and their keycodes visit various sites on the web-- just add a zero to the beginning of each code listed after using the Alt key.

The ANSI Character Set

The following table shows characters 128-255 of the ANSI character set.


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Code

Char

Name

Code

Char

Name

128

unused

192

A grave

129

unused

193

A acute

130

baseline single quote

194

A circumflex

131

florin

195

A tilde

132

baseline double quote

196

A diaeresis

133

ellipsis

197

A ring

134

dagger (single)

198

AE ligature

135

dagger (double)

199

C cedilla

136

circumflex

200

E grave

137

per mil

201

E acute

138

S caron

202

E circumflex

139

left single guillemet

203

E diaeresis

140

OE ligature

204

I grave

141

unused

205

I acute

142

unused

206

I circumflex

143

unused

207

I diaeresis

144

unused

208

Icelandic Eth

145

open single quote

209

N tilde

146

close single quote

210

O grave

147

open double quote

211

O acute

148

close double quote

212

O circumflex

149

bullet (large)

213

O tilde

150

en dash

214

O diaeresis

151

em dash

215

multiply symbol

152

tilde

216

O with oblique stroke

153

unregistered trademark

217

U grave

154

s caron

218

U acute

155

right single guillemet

219

U circumflex

156

oe ligature

220

U diaeresis

157

unused

221

Y acute

158

unused

222

Icelandic Thorn

159

Y diaeresis

223

German sharp s

160

 

non-breaking space

224

a grave

161

Spanish inverted !

225

a acute

162

cents

226

a circumflex

163

pounds

227

a tilde

164

intl. monetary symbol

228

a diaeresis

165

yen

229

a ring

166

broken bar

230

ae ligature

167

section symbol

231

c cedilla

168

diaeresis

232

e grave

169

copyright

233

e acute

170

feminine ordinal

234

e circumflex

171

left double guillemet

235

e diaeresis

172

not

236

i grave

173

soft hyphen

237

i acute

174

registered trademark

238

i circumflex

175

macron

239

i diaeresis

176

ring (also degrees)

240

Icelandic eth

177

plus/minus

241

n tilde

178

superscript 2

242

o grave

179

superscript 3

243

o acute

180

acute

244

o circumflex

181

micro symbol (or mu)

245

o tilde

182

pilcrow (paragraph symbol)

246

o diaeresis

183

bullet (small)

247

divide symbol

184

cedilla

248

o with oblique stroke

185

superscript 1

249

u grave

186

masculine ordinal

250

u acute

187

right double guillemet

251

u circumflex

188

one-fourth

252

u diaeresis

189

one-half

253

y acute

190

three-fourths

254

Icelandic thorn

191

Spanish inverted ?

255

y diaeresis


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