Using the euro symbol on the keyboard

Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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Using the euro symbol on the keyboard

I just bought a new keyboard and on the "5" key at the top (not the numerical pad on the right) there is the € symbol next to the 5.

I cannot figure out how to use it. I can still make the € with Alt-0128 so it is no big deal, but I am curious. I have tried various key combinations, but as of yet I have not stumbled onto the way to do it.

Anybody got an idea?
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 10:46 AM
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Click on your right hand "Alt Gr" and press on the € key at the same time.

On my computer it's the number four but it could be at various places.

Give it a try.

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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 10:56 AM
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Wonder why it's there and not at the "e"-key . On my (german) Dell it's AltGR +e.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 10:58 AM
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on my keyboard the € symbol is an option on "4"
I use ctrl : alt and 4 at the same time to get € .... seems ridiculous on a new computer!
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 11:11 AM
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It is the keyboard that is new; the computer is not. I had to install the keyboard to make it function, but the various alt and ctrl combinations don't work.

It is not a German keyboard because none of the umlaut characters are on the keys.
I have to use alt and the numeric keypad to get those, e.g. ü is the standard alt-129

I think I must need some other type of installation to activate the euro symbol. As I said it is not a major item; just one of curiosity. Here is a symbol that did not exist on older keyboards. How does it work?

Don't know.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
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Brookwood, are you using Windows XP Pro? Is it the United States version?
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Old Jul 2nd, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Brookwood
There is a small program for handling the euro symbol, if your machine hasn't added.

I'm looking at this CD and it's noted:

Par Web, en langue anglaise

www.microsoft.com/euro

This CD is from Juin/Juillet 1999.

Okay, it probably will not results you need but at least Microsoft has help.

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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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any idea how to do this on a Mac keyboard? I tried every key with the alt/control key and didn't come up with it.
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 05:40 AM
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on a mac € is shift+option+2

€ € €
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 05:45 AM
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kwren - If you put "mac euro" in the above search box, this recent thread will come out on top:

fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=34827529
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 06:02 AM
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The Character palette mentioned in that thread is great - but for simple ones like £, €, , etc I just use the keyboard. Quicker than clicking on the palette.
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 06:05 AM
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€€€€ yea!
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 06:50 AM
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Warning: keyboard shortcuts generate codes that are not compatible with all browsers, hence your post will sometimes display as gobbledygook. The correct way to post special characters in HTML (which is what web pages are) is to type the standard codes, thus:

€ €
£ £
é é
ç ç
ä ä

(Note that each code starts with an ampersand and ends with a semicolon.) These are all listed at http://webdesign.about.com/library/bl_htmlcodes.htm
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In WIndows:
Start - Programs - Accessories - System Tools - Character Map

And you will have everything you could ever need.
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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On my keyboard (Ireland) the € symbol is on the number 4. Just use ctrl+Alt as the same time then the number 4 .
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Old Jul 4th, 2006, 11:15 AM
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charmap character codes are not always rendered correctly, since they conform to the "Microsoft Standard" and not the "Rest Of The Entire World Standard."
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Robes,

You said these characters are for HTML-based apps, how about non-HTML applications?

I still owe you a beer and thanks in advance for your advice.

MvK
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I use the charmap codes in documents and spreadsheets, and they always print out correctly. If I don't know the Alt+ code off the top of my head, I cut and paste from the charmap table.
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