I recent­ly pur­chased a Chrome­book, and one of the first things I real­ized once I start­ed it up was that I had no idea how to type spe­cial char­ac­ters with it.

I did a bit of research, and I dis­cov­ered that the trick is using the Uni­code for each char­ac­ter. Just type Ctrl+Shift+u at the same time, release them, type in the 4-char­ac­ter uni­code, then press the space bar.

Watch the video below to see it in action:

Here is a table show­ing the char­ac­ters I typed in the video:

Char­ac­ter name Sym­bol Uni­code
em dash 2014
en dash 2013
left sin­gle quote 2018
right sin­gle quote 2019
left dou­ble quote 201C
right dou­ble quote 201D
degree sym­bol ° 00B0
cent sign ¢ 00A2

Vis­it How to prop­er­ly type 8 pop­u­lar punc­tu­a­tion marks to see how to type them on a Mac or a PC.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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