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    Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    I used to have a cheat sheet with shortcuts such as Alt+171 =

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    I've extracted this from my DOS "E" editor help file; excuse the DOS Code Page 437 box corners, which don't have a parallel in WIndows CP 1252...
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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    That's excellent. Thank you so much, John.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    I devised such a cheat sheet solution in the attached XL 2000 workbook, based on the Windows Character Map program. Sheet 2 is the A4 printable version. It contains a style called FontType, which can be altered via Format -> Style... to produce a "map" of any of the installed fonts (select from the Fonts tab). Many fonts share the same basic font table (like Courier New), so it's only necessary to print off one map for this family. You'll probably want Symbol and Wingdings too.

    Hope it's of use.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    This kind of stuff is fascinating! I came to computers long after Windows took over from DOS, so I gotta ask: How do you use the characters in, say, the "E" Editor? That is, if I want to insert the paragraph symbol, what do I combine with the numbers 244 to cause that symbol to appear in my document? And what's the E stand for?

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    John will have to tell you what "E" stands for.

    To insert the end-of-paragraph symbol into your document without resorting to Insert | Symbol... or using the Character Map accessory, turn on NumLock and type Alt+244 (that is, hold down the left Alt key and press 244, then release the Alt key)

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    Alan
    This is a beautiful thing. Thank you. These save so much time.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    Actually, I wonder whether that table work for the ANSI character set in newer versions of Windows. For me Alt+0182 creates that paragraph symbol, and Alt+0244 gives me a lower case o with a caret over it.

    I made a chart once, but I have changed computer 3 times since, so I doubt I'll be able to find it...

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    And for me, Alt+244 puts some sort of shepherd's crook-looking thing...not the end-of-paragraph symbol. Alt+0244 gives me the same results you got.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    Well, thank you. My work has been described as many things, but I'm sure "beautiful" has never been one of them. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Just a further point of possible interest... I wrote this map to replicate the Windows Character Map, which can be used to provide some degree of rich formatting, via the "higher" characters (128-255) that don't appear on the keyboard. I use this all the time in plain text e-mail messages - the reason for writing it in the first place - to help alleviate the huge limitations of plain text. Such messages are usually "written" using the same font table as Courier New.

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    Sorry, the "E" editor is what came with various flavours of PC-DOS, which were IBM's variants of MS-DOS. Under Windows, I do a large amount of editing/sorting/combining of text files in the Command Prompt window in NT4/W2K/WXP and use "E" and a number of old DOS utilities, together with BATch files (the modern name is ComManD (CMD) files) to control how they operate.

    The various character sets, called Code Pages, were a bit of a minefield intended to overcome the restrictions of having only 256 characters available in the Extended ASCII character set. They included special characters used by the various languages, and Code Page 437 included a very large number of box corners, for single and double lines. Code Page 850, mainly used in the US, only had a few of these box corner characters. In Windows, the most likely English Code Page in use is 1252, which looks very like the DOS code page 850.

    I'm afraid this is all very geeky and exceptionally boring! Thank heaven newcomers to computing rarely have to suffer this, since Unicode allows much of the complexity to be put under the covers...
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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    In Windows XP (English or Dutch), Alt+244 and Alt+0182 both produce the character below. Alt+0244 produces
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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    So that's the connection! The amount of time I've spent trying to work out the "relationship" between the 3 & 4 digit codes <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>... now, at last, I know. Take a bow <img src=/S/bow.gif border=0 alt=bow width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    My mistake, I typed the leading 0 without even thinking about it. But the three digit characters don't work the same on my system as yours:
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    Re: Keyboard shortcuts (Word 02 on WINXP PRO)

    Googling for "ASCII character set" reveals that the characters you posted conform the the usual definition of the extended ASCII set. I don't know where the characters I get come from; it may have to do with the fact that I have a Dutch-language system.

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