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Alternate Characters Not Working

Discussion in 'Site Issues & Feedback' started by jpanhalt, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. jpanhalt

    jpanhalt Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    It happened this morning and then just now. I use alt+0xxx frequently for non-keyboard characters, for example alt +o176 = the degree sign. Today when I did that, ETO closes out, and I get to a Google screen. I wondered whether num lock wasn't on, but it was. Same thing also happened with the numbers above the keyboard.

    I use: Win7 Pro and Google Chrome. It does seem to work sometimes, as illustrated in this thread: http://www.electro-tech-online.com/...xternal-oscillator.145701/page-2#post-1232921 In the first instance, it worked. In the second, the problem occurred and I had to spell out "degrees."

    John
     
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    Alt+0176 works ok for me (Win10, FF).
     
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    Will not work for me, XP Pro & FF
     
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    Me neither - Vista (current) and FF.

    My HP Pavilion, however, has no numeric keypad (and hence, no "Num lock key either). I just use the Ω button symbols option...
     
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    Alt 0176 gives ° (same as the specific key that also gives º)

    Alt 061 gives = (same as the specific key - 0's upper case - that also gives =)
     
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    Copy and paste degree symbol from Character Map works, eg. 76°, but Alt 0176 does not. Win 7 Pro and Chrome
     
  8. DerStrom8

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    Alt sequences have never, ever worked for me. I just go to google and type in "degree symbol" and copy and paste from the results :p
     
  9. Dr_Doggy

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    I have seen older viruses mess up key maps , not like that ever, but is 0-9 working without the alt key?
    some keyboards have a button dedicated to launching a home page

    EDIT: win7 pro w.firefox = ok, ° // also this only works if you use the numeric keypad
     
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    I slap all the unusual characters that are useful on a Word page and copy and paste from that. The Alt xxx thing has never worked for me, even locally
     
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    Whatever the problem was, it resolved itself or got solved at ETO. At least the common ones started working within days of that post.

    £©Ω and so forth.

    John
     
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    spec Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Good news. Mine is still not working. Mind you, my laptop has no independent numeric pad and also it has a US keyboard which means I have to do three key presses to get some common characters, like £ for example. Meant to get a UK keyboard but too lazy/tight...£30UK.
     
  13. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Well, ALT+1, ALT+2, ALT+ 3 ... select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd tab of firefox (linux).
     
  14. jpanhalt

    jpanhalt Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    The alternate + keys I was referring to are all 3 or 4 characters in Windows. For example alt+234 = Ω and alt+ 0176 = °

    I don't have a clue as to what alt+1 would do. On further research, they seem to give emoji's:☺☻♥

    John
     
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    spec Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Right Alt/1...0 = ¡²³¤€¼½¾‘’
    Left Alt/ 1...0= did nothing

    Or have I got it wrong?
     
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    I they are talking about NUM lock being on and the keypad numbers and Windows only. I get the same behavior with the keyboard and keypad alt numbers.

    But then again ALT by itself (left or right) brings up a linux "type your command box"
     

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