Below are the alt codes for both lowercase and uppercase A characters, plus all the A letters with accent marks. Below these tables, there’s a step by step guide on how to use these alt codes.
A without Accent Alt Codes
|Uppercase A||A||Alt 65|
|Lowercase A||a||Alt 97|
Uppercase/Capital A with Accents Alt Codes
|Capital A with Grave Accent||À||Alt 0192|
|Capital A with Acute Accent||Á||Alt 0193|
|Capital A with Circumflex Accent||Â||Alt 0194|
|Capital A with Tilde Accent||Ã||Alt 0195|
|Capital A with Umlaut Accent||Ä||Alt 0196|
Lowercase/Small A with Accents Alt Codes
|Lowercase a with Grave Accent||à||Alt 0224|
|Lowercase a with Acute Accent||á||Alt 0225|
|Lowercase a with Circumflex Accent||â||Alt 0226|
|Lowercase a with Tilde Accent||ã||Alt 0227|
|Lowercase a with Umlaut Accent||ä||Alt 0228|
How to use A Alt Code to type on keyboard
To type any of these A symbols using the alt code:
- Place your insertion pointer where you need to insert the A symbol.
- Press down the Alt key.
- While pressing down the Alt key, type the Alt Code (as shown in the table above) using the numeric keypad.
- Then release the Alt key to make the A sign.
As soon as you release the Alt key, the A character will be inserted according to the alt code you used.
See Also: How to type any Letter with Accent Marks
More About Alt Codes
Alt codes are used to type symbols and characters that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard in personal computers running the Microsoft Operating systems. You can do this by pressing and holding the Alt key while typing the alt code (a number that identifies the character), using the keyboard numeric keypad.
For Example, to make the Capital A sign using the Alt Code of 65: first, ensure that your Number Lock is turned on, then press and hold the alt key while you type the alt code number that identifies the A Symbol, which is 65, on the numeric keypad. Then release the Alt key.
Other operating systems like the Mac OS have a similar or extended form of this A Alt Code feature.
Rules for using the A Alt Code
- You must press and hold the Alt key before typing the Alt code (i.e. the Codes in the table above) that identifies the A sign.
- You must use the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard to type the alt code.
- Since you are using the numeric keypad, the Number Lock must be turned on. Turning off the Number Lock means the numeric keypad is disabled, and hence no numbers can be typed using the num pad.
- If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, you should first turn on the hidden numeric keypad. On most laptops, you can turn this on by pressing Fn+NmLk keys simultaneously. Not all laptops have the hidden numeric keypad. If it seems like you, then you cannot use the alt code method to type either lowercase or uppercase A Symbol with your laptop unless you connect an external keyboard that has a numeric keypad.
- You should also understand that not all symbols can be typed with the alt code depending on the document you are working on. Some of the alt codes work only in Microsoft Word.