How to type all the special symbols using the keyboard

If you want to be able to type all the symbols with the keyboard, I can teach you some tricks! For example, you can make “braces” directly with the keyboard, without having to use the character map, or type the code Alt + 123.

Characters for each key

So how do you do “braces“? The keys, even if not displayed on the keyboard, can generate up to 4 different symbols.

  • We press the key to generate the character in “bottom left” (the lower case letter or number)
  • While pressing “Shift” (or “Shift” or a drawing of an “up arrow“) the character in “top left“.
  • To generate the symbols in “bottom right” (for example the “@” symbol) use the “Alt Gr“(not to be confused with the “Alt” key),
  • While “Alt Gr” + “SHIFT” the symbol in “top right“.

Here is a summary:

caratteri tastiera

Here you can see a keyboard with layout of the keys in Italian. By layout we mean the arrangement of the keys and what characters are available. For example on the Norwegian keyboard/layout we will not have the accented letters ò, à, ù, è, ì, but instead we will have the letters ø, æ and å. It is therefore very important to have the right keyboard layout.

So for example to get the symbol | (the vertical bar in the center, called also “pipe”, or “tube”), you will have to press SHIFT + \ (key on the left of the number “1”).

If instead you have a laptop, this article could be useful: how to use the special keys in the laptop keyboard.

You can also learn how to insert special characters to beautify and make more professional your documents using the “character map”


as I explained in the article Read here > How to use the character map to insert each symbol or character

If you already know the “character map”, you can still deepen its use with another article Read here > Enter special characters – Character Map.

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