Saturday, April 11, 2009

How to make the Cents Sign (¢)

Update 4/24/2017: You can show the ¢ in most documents (Word, Excel, Blogger) by pressing: Alt + 0162 (Note this only works if you use the number pad for the "0162", not the row of number keys across the top of your keyboard)


It's not straigtforward. Unsure why applications don't simply enable this more easily.

First, two alternative ways to make the Cents Sign (¢) in a document like Word:
  • Hold down Ctrl, then the "/", let go and type "c" (CTRL+"/", "C"), or
  • Type 00A2 and then ALT X
    • I actually recorded a macro so that ALT C inputs the ¢
Or, if your computer recognizes Unicode characters:
  1. On your keypad press and hold the Alt key
  2. Press 1 5 5 (Note if you don't have a keypad see below. You can't use the numbers across the top row of your keyboard)
  3. Let go of the Alt key: "¢" appears
If you don't have a keypad, you'll need to use the numbers that are on your keys (the ones that share a key with a letter, not the ones across the top. For example my "J" can also be a "1"). Generally this is done by something like this:
  1. Press the Num Lock key (Num Lk) to turn on your number pad.
  2. Once the numberpad is active, follow the 3 steps above.
  3. Be sure to tap your Num Lock key again to turn off number pad when you're done.
If that doesn't work, you'll need to simply cut/paste: CTRL+C the text you want to copy e.g. ¢, then CTRL+V to paste into your document.

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