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    Alt+numpad

    I've searched for years for an easy method to enter Unicode characters by their hex values.

    Now I've read that it's supposed to work already in a default Windows XP installation, with a reference to this MS page (under "Alt+Numpad"):
    <hr>Alt+<+>+<xxxx>, where xxxx is the hexadecimal Unicode code point, generates a Unicode-encoded (UTF-16) character.<hr>
    If I hold down the Alt key, I hear a beep as soon as I hit <+> (+ on the numeric keypad), and all subsequent keys.
    Am I missing something? NumLock is on, and I tried in Word, Notepad, the Windows Explorer, IE.

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    Re: Alt+numpad

    It doesn't work for me. As you know, you can type a hext code followed by Alt+X in Word 2002 and up, but that is not a universal Windows method.

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    Re: Alt+numpad

    I may be nit-picking, but how do you use the numeric keypad to insert the hexadecimal numbers from A to F? Do they mean you type the decimal equivalent of the Unicode hex value e.g. 8364 for U+20AC, the euro
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    Re: Alt+numpad

    My guess was that Alt + <+> moves into a special mode, and you can then type the numbers and letters with the regular keyboard.

    The web page I found this on claimed it works in WinXP and 2003.

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    Re: Alt+numpad

    Hi Hans,

    Thanks for the confirmation. If you work with a lot of different programs, a universal method would really be nice. Maybe it's something new in Win2003 Server, and it'll make it into Longhorn.

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    Re: Alt+numpad

    http://www.fileformat.info/tip/micro...er_unicode.htm has been updated, and now shows the Registry key you need to add to make hex input work.

    Seems to work fine... but unfortunately not for all code blocks it seems.

    By some stroke of bad luck, the "General punctuation" code page (which I need a lot and know by heart) doesn't work.

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    Re: Alt+numpad

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    Klaus,
    Did you add the registry key as mentioned in the article? That works for me after a reboot. Note: You can either press and hold Alt, press and hold +, then key in the code, or you can release the + and then key in the code, but you must hold Alt until you have entered all characters.
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