How to Add Special Characters in Windows 10

If English is your primary language, the QWERTY keyboard is well-optimised for the modern typist. It offers easy access to all 26 letters of the alphabet, as well as numerical keys and a range of popular punctuation marks. However, problems arise if you try and type in many other widely spoken languages. There’s no easy way to add accents to letters, while the Spanish ñ is nearly impossible to access directly from the keyboard. That’s before you even get to less common punctuation like the degree sign or copyright symbol.

All fall under the umbrella term of ‘special characters’, although it not always clear where to find them on Windows 10. Without further ado, here are three ways to quickly access special characters, without the need to copy from a Google search.

How to type special characters using the touch keyboard

The first, and arguably simplest, method is to use Windows 10’s on-screen keyboard. It appears by default when using tablet mode, but can easily be accessed manually:

  1. From the Windows 10 desktop, right-click on any free space in the taskbar and select ‘Show touch keyboard button’
    Windows 10 special characters

You may also be interested in how to remap your keyboard and the best keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10.

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