Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Alt key - called alternate  key on the keyboard as the name suggests is used to modify the function of the other keys pressed on the keyboard.

Normally in computer keyboards, we have two Alt keys on either side of the spacebar. But, in some non-US computer keyboards, we have an ‘alt gr’ key.

What is Alt Gr key?

Wikipedia writes about alt gr key as “AltGr (also Alt Graph, Alt Graphics, Alt Grill, Alt Car or Alt Char) is a modifier key found on many computer keyboards and primarily used to type characters that are unusual for the locale of the keyboard layout, such as currency symbols and accented letters. On a typical IBM compatible PC keyboard, the AltGr key, when present, takes the place of the right-hand Alt key. In Mac OS X, the Option key has functions similar to the AltGr key.

Thus, by pressing the alt gr key’s we can type:
Currency symbols
:   ₹, ©, €, ™,  etc.
Accented letters : á, é, í, ó, ú, ẃ, or ý
can also follow other commands, some of which are specific to Microsoft Word. Example,
on pressing:
  • alt gr + O - will generate the outline view.
  • alt gr + f - will create a footer.
  • alt gr + s - would generate a page break at the point of your selection through mouse.

Key points:
  • Pressing the (Ctrl+Alt+Del) key combination starts up the task manager in Windows.
  • Pressing alt gr + c in a text editor will give you the copyright © symbol.
  • Pressing alt gr + e in a text editor will give you the euro € symbol.
  • Pressing alt gr + t in a text editor will give you the trademark ™ symbol.

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