Special characters and their codes (for Windows)

It's happened to all of us at some point. You're "in the zone," typing away and giving your muse free rein, when suddenly you grind to a halt: you've come to a word with a special character in it, and you don't remember how to type it.

Even if you have a page of Alt codes bookmarked on your browser, you still end up having to rifle through an enormous list, page after page, of mysterious symbols you'll never have a use for. Wouldn't it be great to have a short list at your fingertips next time? Look no further. Here's a list of special characters I encounter most often in my own writing, in order of frequency. Feel free to take it and customize for your own use as you go.

— em dash         Alt + 0151

–    en dash         Alt + 0150

… ellipsis           Alt + 0133

á    a (acute)        Alt + 0225

é    e (acute)        Alt + 0233

í     i (acute)        Alt + 0237

ó   o (acute)        Alt + 0243

ú   u (acute)        Alt + 0250

ñ   n (tilde)         Alt + 0241

‘   single open     Alt + 0145

’  single close      Alt + 0146

“ double open    Alt + 0147

” double close    Alt + 0148

© copyright       Alt + 0169

™  trademark      Alt + 0153