How to use ALT codes on a laptop without Num Lock & number pad

This tutorial will show you step by step how to use ALT codes on a laptop without Num Lock and number pad.

This way, you can, for example, type the euro sign or other special characters or symbols on a laptop without a separate numeric keyboard.

The steps on this page work for all laptops with Windows 10, such as Lenovo, ASUS, Dell, HP, and all other laptops.

Method 1: Windows Character Map

1. Click on the start menu button or press the [Windows] key on your keyboard.

Windows start menu button and keyboard key

2. Type charmap.

3. Press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

You can also type charmap in the Windows search bar and then press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

Open Character Map in Windows 10 via search

Or you can also press the [Windows] + [R] key on your keyboard > type charmap in the “Run” dialog > press the [Enter] key on your keyboard.

Open Character Map in Windows 10 via Run dialog

Or you click on the start menu button > Windows Accessories > Character Map.

Open Character Map in Windows 10 via start menu

The “Character Map” will appear.

4. Click on the character or symbol you want.

5. Click on the Select button.

6. Click on the Copy button.

Use ALT codes on a laptop

You can now paste the character or symbol wherever you want, like, for example, in a Word or Excel document.



Method 2: Windows on-screen keyboard

1. Click on the start menu button or press the [Windows] key on your keyboard.

Windows start menu button and keyboard key

2. Type osk.

3. Press the [Enter] key.

You can also type osk in the Windows search bar and then press [Enter].

Open on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 via search

Or you can also press the [Windows] + [R] key on your keyboard > type osk in the “Run” dialog > press [Enter].

Open on-screen keyboard in Windows 10 via Run

A virtual keyboard will appear on your screen.

4. Click on the Options key.

On-screen keyboard options key

An options window will appear.

5. Check the box next to Turn on numeric key pad.

Keyboard options window

6. Click on the OK button at the bottom of the options window.

7. You should now see a Num Lock key on the on-screen keyboard. Click on the Num Lock key.

Num Lock key

8. Press and hold the [FN] and left [ALT] key on your laptop's keyboard.

FN and ALT keyboard keys

9. While holding the [FN] and [ALT] keys, you click the numbers of the ALT code on the number pad of the on-screen keyboard.

Use ALT codes on a laptop

10. Release the [FN] and [ALT] keys.



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