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Incorporating Special Characters into Keyboard Macros when using Word Perfect
It is possible to assign a keyboard macros (shortcut) to special characters within Word Perfect. This will allow for the user to incorporate special characters such as letters with accents and other special characters with a combination of keystrokes, rather than inserting it from a symbols menu.
To assign a combination of keystrokes to a special character, please follow the instructions below.
- In WordPerfect, click on the Tools option from the menu bar.
- Click on the customize icon.
- Select the keyboards tab.
- The current keyboard layout will be shown below the box at the bottom of the screen.
- Click on Edit.
- The left column shows the keyboard shortcuts already assigned, and where the keys show no shortcut assignment, these are available to be used for new shortcuts.
- Select the key combination you wish to use for the shortcut.
- Click on the Keystrokes tab in the right column.
- In the empty text box, you must key in the ASCII or Extended ASCII key code for the character you are wishing to map. ASCII codes are a combination of the ALT button plus the character code. For instance, to obtain a ç hold down the ALT button while keying in 135, which is the Extended ASCII code for this character.
- Once you release the ALT key the character will appear in the box. If this is correct, click assign keystrokes to key.
- Add any additional characters to your keyboard but it is important to use a different key combination for each character.
- When finished, click ok to complete the task and return to word processing.
- Now each time you select the key combination from the keyboard, it will display the appropriate character.
For a complete listing of ASCII and Extended ASCII codes, please refer to the following website.
Note: ASCII codes contain 128 characters consisting of the English alphabet plus common symbols used in English. ASCII Extended codes contains 128 non-English characters plus some other symbols. Be sure to look at both ASCII and Extended ASCII for the correct character.