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Alt+ Codes on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460

2016-08-21, 19:52 PM

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I am looking for a solution, uncomplicated and straightforward, to type special characters which I used to do via Numeric Keypad and Alt-Codes. Combinations of Fn+Alt have not worked for me. I would be greatful for a short answer.

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Re: Alt+ Codes on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460

2016-08-24, 3:30 AM

Modern ThinkPads do not have the ability to emulate the numeric keypad using the Fn key.

 

Your options include:

  • finding an alternative in your application software, such as the Symbol feature of many Microsoft Office applications, configuring AutoCorrect to change a series of characters into your desired character, or using the Shortcut Keys feature to build your own shortcut
  • using an external USB numeric pad
  • using an external Bluetooth numeric pad (I'm not sure these are still available new, but they are around - Microsoft used to make one; I just tried mine with Windows 10 Pro and it worked OK with Alt + number codes, though with the quirk that you have to strike another number on the numeric pad after releasing Alt to get your character)
  • use keyboard macro software (I like AutoHotKey - it's fairly straightforward if all you want is keyboard macros)

 

I hope this helps.

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Re: Alt+ Codes on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 460

2016-08-24, 3:30 AM

Modern ThinkPads do not have the ability to emulate the numeric keypad using the Fn key.

 

Your options include:

  • finding an alternative in your application software, such as the Symbol feature of many Microsoft Office applications, configuring AutoCorrect to change a series of characters into your desired character, or using the Shortcut Keys feature to build your own shortcut
  • using an external USB numeric pad
  • using an external Bluetooth numeric pad (I'm not sure these are still available new, but they are around - Microsoft used to make one; I just tried mine with Windows 10 Pro and it worked OK with Alt + number codes, though with the quirk that you have to strike another number on the numeric pad after releasing Alt to get your character)
  • use keyboard macro software (I like AutoHotKey - it's fairly straightforward if all you want is keyboard macros)

 

I hope this helps.

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