Microsoft KB Archive/47534

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Using the ANSI Extended Character Set in Word for Windows


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c


Microsoft Word for Windows uses the ANSI extended character set. The extended character set is accessed using decimal codes 128-255. To access the ANSI extended character set, turn on NUM LOCK and hold down ALT. On the numeric keypad, type 0 (zero) followed by the decimal number for the character.

Note: In the ANSI chart, characters 128-159 are graphic, foreign, or Greek characters. If you want to use your computer's default display characters for these codes, and/or send these codes to your printer, use the method described above, but omit typing the zero in front of the decimal number for the character.

Foreign characters for Western European countries are part of the ANSI character set. For other foreign character sets, you must have the font installed that contains the foreign characters, and you must have a display driver and printer driver that can render the characters.

A table of the ANSI character set can be found in Appendix C of the "Microsoft Word for Windows User's Reference" version 1.0 manual on pages 427-428.

Additional query words: 1.x 2.0 word6 winword 6.0 winword2

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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