Learn a new trick

kathyg_in_miDecember 5, 2012

At least for some of us.
How to make the degree symbol, instead of typing 350 degrees you get 350ð. So simple.

Just put on the Number Lock on the right side of your keyboard.
Then hold down the Alt button and on the NUMBER PAD on the right side of the keybord type in 248.
If you use the numbers at the top of the keybord it wil not work.
Easy peasy.
Just thought I'd share with ya.
Kathy G in MI

This post was edited by kathyg_in_mi on Wed, Dec 5, 12 at 23:40

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kathyg_in_mi

Now how come I got the funny A before the degree sign?
Humf, it works, it really, really works. Honest!
Even tried to edit my post, but the A did not show up in the preview!?

This post was edited by kathyg_in_mi on Wed, Dec 5, 12 at 23:41

    Bookmark   December 5, 2012 at 11:34PM
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Cynic

Go to View/Encoding and select Unicode UTF-8 and you will eliminate the symbol you're seeing. If you're using Chrome, Click the Customize button (formerly the wrench) then settings, then Encoding.

FYI, if you're using a notebook, hold down the Alt and Fn keys, then enter the ASCII number. A few common ones, Degree (ð) is 0176, Cent symbol (â) is 0162 and a round bullet (â¢) is 0149.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 12:46AM
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alisande

The Alt key + the numbers on the number pad can create all sorts of symbols, from the Spanish tilde over an n (Alt + 164) to the German umlaut over an e (Alt + 137). It's easy to experiment.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 12:56AM
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kathyg_in_mi

Hi Cynic,
I use Windows. Where do I find View/Encoding?
Not very techy here!
Thanks a bunch.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 2:00AM
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kathyg_in_mi

Woo Hoo! I found the encoding and now will try the degree symbol again.
350ð
Now, let's see what happens when I post this.

Wow! It worked. Wait til I tell my kids what I learned today. Love to learn new stuff, useful or otherwise.
Once again, big thanks to Cynic!

This post was edited by kathyg_in_mi on Thu, Dec 6, 12 at 2:05

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 2:03AM
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Hellion

I had always used alternate 0176 for the degree symbol, but for some reason now on this board it does not work. It is something here at Kitchen table.

�
It looks like it worked just now. Will post and see.

Nope, when I post it turns into a little box.
ð
ok, now it works, lol

This post was edited by hellion on Thu, Dec 6, 12 at 5:16

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:09AM
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bee0hio

On my MacBook:
� is a bullet symbol (option or alt 8)
� is a degree symbol (option/alt 8 + shift)
� is a cent symbol (option/alt 4)
âÂÂ
Curious... tell me if you see the same symbol I've posted & described? When I clicked on "preview" they all changed to a black diamond with a ? in it. What the ????????

I get all sorts of different symbols on each different # or letter or symbol key, then they change again when I add the shift key to the option/alt key.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 5:35AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

29oF

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:36AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

See link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Old post at The Test Forum-degree F

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:38AM
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JoAnn_Fla

� ok that worked, let me preview.
No, it has a ? in a black box, I'll try the unicode next. I already had it marked so it still isn't working :^(

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:17AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

Does my post made above at 7:36 correctly show the degree symbol to anyone?

To everyone?

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:36AM
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patti43

It's correct on my computer, Chemcurl.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:49AM
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threejs

Yes Chemocurl it is correct ...or shows correct here on the board. I just use alt 167 on any of the computers that we have at home. It is showing correctly as I type, now I must set the oven to preheat at 375ú to bake my bread.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 9:49AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

Thanks threejs and patti43.

Is mine the only one that is showing correctly? I'm not seeing any others as correct.

Sue

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:12AM
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phyllis__mn

It showed up OK on my machine, chemocurl. I have always used ALT 0186. Let's see if it works now. 28ú

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:26AM
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tami_ohio

I use alt 0176. 350�

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:13PM
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tami_ohio

Now how come that came up that way? It was ok when I posted it.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:14PM
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Cynic

Several number combinations will give the degree symbol as Phyllis pointed out.

Another way is to use HTML:
For degree, enter "& deg ;" without the space or the quotes and you should get ð
For the copyright symbol, enter "& copy;" without the space or the quotes and you should get é
For trademark symbol, enter "& trade;" without the space or the quotes and you should get â¢

Also, if you're using a notebook without the keypad, you have the numbers on the keyboard, usually in the corner of the key on the center keys, either red or blue. That way you can still utilize the keypad features. I bought a USB keypad to add on since I use the keypad for so many things, and often use it for entering any number rather than the top row of keys.

Just a little more trivia for ya!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:34PM
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Cynic

Oh, and you're most welcome Kathyg. Glad to help whenever I can, but you didn't even need me! sniff... sniff :)

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 4:39PM
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JoAnn_Fla

I got a way to beat it............ I just copied and pasted it from another page I made.
Oh, boy I lost my saved page.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 7:22PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

cynic, I'm not seeing yours as correct.

Is anyone seeing his right?

To me they all have an additional A or a with a symbol above them in front of what he was trying to post.

48oF here now.

Sue

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 8:31PM
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kathyg_in_mi

37ðF here in northern Michigan!

This post was edited by kathyg_in_mi on Thu, Dec 6, 12 at 20:44

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Cynic

Chemocurl, did you check your encoding?

Joann_fla, I've done the same thing before with some symbols. For a while I kept a list of the common ones I used a lot in AM Notebook and copied. Also taped a note on the monitor with the shortcuts for ASCII and Word shortcuts too!

    Bookmark   December 6, 2012 at 10:31PM
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