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Typing Special Characters on German OS - AltGr Combinations

Recently I had a requirement where I had to enter special characters in a German Windows Operating System (Virtual Machine) with US English Keyboard. The characters were \, /, @ etc. While unicode code points were an obvious solution, I realized that there was a better one in the form of AltGr and another key.

The ALT GR key is on the right side of the keyboard on some non-U.S. keyboard layouts. ALT GR is equivalent to the CTRL+ALT key combination, and you can use it with other keys to enter additional characters.

Here is the list which I found in Microsoft site for German. Check out the page for other languages like Dutch, Greek etc.


For keying in other characters like -, / the easy way was to use the keyboard numpad.

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