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Old Jan 11th 2010, 1:14 pm
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Every time I want to use the £ symbol I have to jump through hoops to get it. Is there a way to make the symbol a short cut on my keyboard?

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Old Jan 11th 2010, 1:19 pm
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use GBP...given up trying to use the symbol
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Hold down the alt key and type 156 on the number pad part of the keyboard.
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

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Hold down the alt key and type 156 on the number pad part of the keyboard.
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Old Jan 11th 2010, 1:35 pm
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Originally Posted by lansbury View Post
Hold down the alt key and type 156 on the number pad part of the keyboard.
how does that work with a laptop with no num pad? Can't see to get the num lock to function as it would with a full keyboard.
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Originally Posted by sykes View Post
how does that work with a laptop with no num pad? Can't see to get the num lock to function as it would with a full keyboard.
yeah, couldn't get it to work on my laptop
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YEP good point, I am on a laptop and it won't work if I use the lap keyboard, I have a external keyboard attached to mine when I am home, as I find it easier to type with.
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

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If you mean this character: £ then press down and release the Num Lock key located in the upper left part of the number pad on the right side of your keyboard so that the LED above is lit and release that key. Then hold down the Alt key and type 156 using that number pad.

Any luck!!

It works on my word pad but not BE
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

My low-tech way of doing it is simply to find a "£", (using Google if you need to) and then cut and paste it into your text. This should work for any unusual symbol, and no codes to remember!
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
My low-tech way of doing it is simply to find a "£", (using Google if you need to) and then cut and paste it into your text. This should work for any unusual symbol, and no codes to remember!
I'm glad some one else said that first, most of the time that's what I do too, unless I'm in Word where I can insert symbol.

I am having no luck with the num pad on my lap top either in Firefox or office 07.
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Mine makes the £ when I hit alt 3
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills View Post
Mine makes the £ when I hit alt 3
Yep me too ... you gotta mac haven't you??? They make life so simple
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♥ Alt 3 and I get a heart lol
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Here's a little Windows program that will sit in your system tray and produce a £ when alt 3 is pressed.
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Default Re: putting the sterling symbol on a US keyboard as a short cut?

Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
My low-tech way of doing it is simply to find a "£", (using Google if you need to) and then cut and paste it into your text. This should work for any unusual symbol, and no codes to remember!
You can also use the Windows Character Map utility to get just about anything
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