Special Characters


You can insert 'special' characters such as the © copyright symbol into a letter. Windows provides a small utility called Character Map which can be used to display all the characters in the Extended character set to see all the available characters and obtain a character number.

Note that the instructions below for locating and activating the Character Map may vary depending on your version of Windows.

1.     Click the Start button on the Windows taskbar.

2.     Select Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. Note that this location may vary depending on which version of Windows you have installed. The Character Map application opens.


3.     Select the font set you wish to browse from the Font drop-down menu.

4.     Use the scrollbar to find the character you require. Click on it to select it.

5.     Make a note of the Keystroke in the lower-right corner. In this example 7 has been selected and the keystroke is U+0037. You can use this keystroke combination to insert a special character at any time. Alternatively, if you click the selected special character will be copied to the clipboard, after which you can paste it into your letter.

6.     Close the Character Map and return to Letter Writer.

7.     Place the cursor where the new character is to be inserted.

8.     Hold the ALT key and type the number on the number keypad - not the number keys above the alphabet keyboard. Release the ALT key to insert the character.