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Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2012-10-28, 15:47 PM

Hello everyone,

 

How can I insert alt+ characters on T430 keyboard? For example, if I wanted to insert en dash on my regular desktop keyboard, I would press alt+0150 (on numeric keyboard). However, I cannot find the right combo on my thinkpad keyboard.

 

Thanks for your help,

 

Srdjan 

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2012-10-28, 18:30 PM

In order to execute those ASCII/ANSI codes, you must have NumLock on.  The involves the Fn (blue) key.  With it on, you then use alt  = the small numbers located on the lower right coner of keys to the right of the Trackpoint head. 

 

This is not easy.  I prefer to run charmap.exe, minimize it to the task bar, and copy/paste the characters I need.

 

I don't know if the old standard way (Num Lock On, ALT+nnn) would work with an external full keyboard.

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2012-10-28, 18:40 PM

A couple of other convenient options that use a web interface: http://copypastecharacter.com/ and http://www.notengoenie.com/

 

A small utility that you can customize to make it extremely convenient to insert your favourite special characters: http://vulpeculox.net/ax/

 

I find AX to be indispensible. It may require some time to customize one of the included sets but it's well worth the investment.


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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2012-10-28, 18:58 PM

Good stuff, Hausman.  Another quickie is to go to charmap.exe and place a shortcut on the desktop.  That saves typing and searching.

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2012-10-29, 2:34 AM

Thanks a lot guys! :) I will give it a try.

 

Cheers!

 

Srdjan

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2013-01-01, 18:43 PM

simple solution is to use integrated ONSCREEN WINDOWS KEYBOARD in windows operating systems.Tested & working fine.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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S.Swaminathan

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2013-04-09, 11:30 AM

wrote:

In order to execute those ASCII/ANSI codes, you must have NumLock on.  The involves the Fn (blue) key.  With it on, you then use alt  = the small numbers located on the lower right coner of keys to the right of the Trackpoint head. 

 

This is not easy.  I prefer to run charmap.exe, minimize it to the task bar, and copy/paste the characters I need.

 

I don't know if the old standard way (Num Lock On, ALT+nnn) would work with an external full keyboard.



That would be fine if the built in keyboard actually had a number lock key and the small function numbers and characters on the letter keys.  A design flaw as far as I am concerned and a total pain without this functionality.

 

The other key that is missing is the Windows context menu key to the left of the right Ctrl key - I constantly use this (or did).  Instead we have a PrtSc key.

 

I'll be asking out IT department to find me another laptop.

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2017-11-20, 15:42 PM

In the case of endashes, emdashes, and other Alt+ characters, it's actually very simple if you're working in Word.  Simply choose the Insert menu, then Symbols, then More Symbols, and then redefine the shortcut keys for the symbols you wish.

 

Because Alt+F1 and Alt+F2 performed no functions on my T430 keyboard in Word, I assigned them to endash and emdash, respectively.

 

One can also get to those special characters in Excel and insert them from the menu, but I see no way to create shortcut keys for any of them.

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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2017-11-20, 18:26 PM

People who don't have Word, Excel, etc. can also create a small text file in which they've stored all the special characters they normally use. Then they just open that file with any text editor, e.g. Notepad, and copy/paste characters as needed. (This sort of approach works fine for occasional needs but I wouldn't want to rely on it when writing a book in a foreign language.)


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Re: Alt+ characters on Lenovo T430 keyboard

2018-08-28, 17:22 PM

Hi,

I found this video very helpful. 
Basically, it shows you how to add a Spanish keyboard to Windows PC and how to use the different characters of it by keys combination. 
This picture of the Spanish keyboard may help too after installing the Spanish. 

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