Letter A Alt Code (How to Type with Keyboard Shortcuts)
In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the Letter A Alt Codes including how to use the Alt Code method to type these characters using the keyboard.
The Letter ‘A’ Alt Codes are keyboard shortcuts for typing or inserting A letter characters (with or without accent marks). You may not need a shortcut because the letter ‘A’ already has a dedicated key on the keyboard. However, to be able to type the A with accents on the keyboard, you may need to use the Alt Code for A shortcuts.
Without any further ado, below are a list of all the letter A Alt codes including step-by-step instructions on how to type these characters on the keyboard using the Alt Code method.
Letter A Alt Codes (Uppercase Symbols)
The below table shows the uppercase letter A alt codes. If you don’t already know how to use the alt code method to type symbols or characters, refer to the next sections for the guide.
|Description||Letter A||Alt Code|
|Capital A without Accent||A||Alt 65|
|Capital A with Grave||À||Alt 0192|
|Capital A with Acute||Á||Alt 0193|
|Capital A with Circumflex||Â||Alt 0194|
|Capital A with Tilde||Ã||Alt 0195|
|Capital A with Umlaut||Ä||Alt 0196|
Letter A Alt Codes (Lowercase Symbols)
The lowercase letter A alt codes are listed in the table below. If you don’t already know how to use the alt code method to type symbols or characters on the keyboard, follow the instructions in the following section.
|Lowercase a without Accent||a||Alt 97|
|Lowercase a with Grave||à||Alt 0224|
|Lowercase a with Acute||á||Alt 0225|
|Lowercase a with Circumflex||â||Alt 0226|
|Lowercase a with Tilde||ã||Alt 0227|
|Lowercase a with Umlaut||ä||Alt 0228|
How to use Alt Code for Letter A to type on keyboard
To type any of the letter A symbols using the alt code method:
- Place your insertion pointer where you need to type or insert the character.
- 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 insert the character you want.
As soon as you release the Alt key, the letter 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 Alt Codes for Letter A
- You must press and hold the Alt key before typing the Alt code (i.e. the Codes in the table above) that identifies the type of A letter you want to type.
- 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.
Using the letter A Alt code is a very handy method for typing all the different variations of the A characters or symbols.
If typing these types of letters is part of the characters you type daily, you should consider creating a cheat sheet to make referencing easier.