How To: Create a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 10 for Special Characters

How To: Create a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 10 for Special Characters

Special characters on your Windows device is possible!

There are pros and cons to all devices and whether you line up with Apple or PC, you’ve probably noticed some things that your device can’t do that the other can (and vice-versa). In this case, unless you open up Word, then copy and paste what you want on your text may take a while. You know there must be a way to not do this lengthy process so let’s cut to the chase: learn how to create a keyboard shortcut for your windows device.

  1. Download AutoHotKey from autohotkey.com
  2. Go to your Desktop > right-click on desktop > choose “New” > “AutoHotKey Script”
  3. Give it any name with “.ahk” at the end. (For example if you want to create an em or en dash, name it “em and en dash.ahk” – without the quotation marks.) The Script will now appear on your desktop.
  4. Right-click the new Script > choose “Edit Script”
  5. Notepad will open up, and you’ll see some default text at the top of the document. Insert the following “!-::-” [hit Enter], then insert “+!::–” [hit Enter]. (Again, without the quotation marks.)
  6. Save.
  7. Double-click the script to open it.
  8. Then try it out. It should work no problem!

This means you have to open that script every time you start up your system. To avoid this process do the following:

  1. Right-click your script > choose “Create Shortcut”
  2. Type “Win-R”
  3. In the dialog, type “shell:startup” to open your Startup items folder.
  4. Drag the shortcut for your script to the Startup folder.

That’s all there it to it. You can now easily add any other keyboard shortcuts to your script as well. Visit AutoHotKey’s list for creating other shortcuts.

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