Chromebook euro sign and other special characters: this is how you do it

when you Chromebook really used as a work or study machine, then it is good to know how to bring out certain characters. Like for example the euro sign; in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe not entirely unimportant, of course. In this Chromebook euro sign guide I would like to explain how this and other special characters work.

Copy or hotkey

You can of course copy certain characters and characters from Google or another website, but that is a time consuming process. It is more useful if you know how to quickly conjure them up on your Chromebook, so that you can continue working without interruptions.

Some apps or services, such as Microsoft Word, offer a digital keyboard from which you can extract the characters. But you don’t always have access to that luxury, especially when you work exclusively in the cloud and also use the Chrome browser.

Before we can use special characters, it is important that we first check whether you have the correct keyboard. That can’t hurt anyway, if you notice that typing is not going so well in one way or another.

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Set keyboard language on Chromebook

How to set your keyboard language on your Chromebook.

  1. You can see the time at the bottom right. Click on that.
  2. Go to Settings and click on Advanced and then Languages ​​and input.
  3. Under Languages ​​and input, choose the Input option.
  4. Locate the Input Method heading, and then click Add Input Method.
  5. Now select your language and press Add.
  6. Below the current keyboard, you’ll see Enabled.

In this case, it is a good idea to choose a Dutch keyboard, so that you can access an international keyboard layout. When you use the American version (abbreviated to US), certain key combinations may not work.

If for some reason you still have a US keyboard after setting the language, don’t worry. Then press Ctrl + Shift + Spacebar to switch keyboard layouts. You can switch back with Ctrl + spacebar.

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Chromebook euro sign and other special characters

Let’s start with the example from the intro to this text. How do you bring up the euro sign on your Chromebook? In this case, hold down AltGr + 5. Note, because AltGr stands for the right alt button on your keyboard. That is important to know, because on the left you also have an alt button.

Below we list the most important keyboard combinations so that you can look them up and hopefully remember them. If you can’t, no problem. Then save this article to your favorite web pages so you can always rely on this reference book when needed.

Among other things, we mention the term backtick. That’s the grave accent. This is the dash on a letter that points from top left to bottom right. The other accent, aigu, has the dash on a letter pointing from bottom left to top right.

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Overview of special characters

The overview of the most important special characters for your Chromebook.

  • Backtick + e makes an è (grave)
  • AltGr + e makes an é (aigu)
  • Backtick + a makes an à
  • AltGr + a makes an á
  • AltGr + 5 makes a € (Euro)
  • AltGr + c makes a ç (cedilla)
  • Shift right + 6 makes a â (circonflex)

With the key combination Alt + Shift you switch the keyboard to EXTD. Then you can use the following characters.

  • AltGr + q makes an ä
  • AltGr + r makes an ë
  • AltGr + j makes an ï
  • AltGr + p makes an ö
  • AltGr + y makes a ü

Then we have some Spanish characters that you can consult. You may have to set the keyboard to Spanish first (otherwise it may be faster to copy the character from another text).

  • AltGr + n makes a ñ
  • Shift + AltGr + 1 creates a ¡
  • AltGr + ? makes a

All special characters in a row

Is the character you are looking for not in the top row? No problem, below we have included all (other) characters. First we name the key(s) that you have to press first, which you will find in bold. Below that are the buttons that you can combine with them and what effect that combination has.

Alt key plus:

  • 1 makes a
  • 2 makes a ²
  • 3 makes a
  • 4 makes a
  • 5 makes a €
  • 6 makes a
  • – makes a
  • = makes a ×

Shift-Alt plus:

  • ~ makes a ñ or Ǹ
  • ! makes a
  • $ makes a £
  • ^ makes a
  • & makes a
  • *makes a
  • + makes a
  • q makes an ä
  • w makes a å
  • e makes an é
  • r makes an ë
  • t makes a
  • y makes a ü
  • i makes an í
  • o makes a ó
  • p makes an ö
  • [maakt een «
  • ] makes a “
  • makes a ¬
  • Q makes a
  • W makes an É
  • R makes a
  • T makes a
  • Y makes a
  • You make a
  • I make a
  • O makes a
  • P makes a
  • { makes a “
  • } makes a “
  • | makes a
  • a makes an á
  • s makes a ß `
  • d makes a
  • f makes a f
  • g makes a g
  • h makes a h
  • j makes a ï
  • k makes a
  • l makes a ø
  • ; makes a ¶
  • A makes a Á
  • S makes a
  • D makes a
  • J makes a
  • K makes a Œ
  • L makes a
  • : creates a ° (degree sign)
  • z makes a æ
  • x makes a œ
  • c makes a ©
  • v makes a ®
  • n makes a ñ
  • m makes a µ
  • , makes a ç
  • / makes a
  • Z makes a Æ
  • X makes a Œ
  • C makes a ©
  • V makes a ®
  • N makes a
  • < makes a
  • > creates characters like ǒ and Ǒ

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