Last year, I purchased a Chromebook, and one of the first things I realized at the time was that I had no idea how to type special characters with it, such as the degree symbol (°).

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.

So for the degree symbol (°), for example, type Ctrl+Shift+u at the same time, release them, type 00B0 (the 4-character unicode for the degree symbol), 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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