Author Topic: ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad  (Read 8942 times)

CleoMio

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ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad
« on: May 03, 2006, 05:19:40 PM »
I have been an IceChat user for quite awhile and have had no real problem until today?  I have a wireless Gateway keyboard that I could previously use ALT shortcuts to create different icons on the screen such as musical notes, hearts..black white smilies, etc.. such as ALT 3 would make a little black heart on the screen and ALT 1 would make a small black and white smiley face...now allI get is a question mark when I hit any ALT + number?  Anyone know how I can correct this problem...hoping it's just a keyboard issue that will be simple to resolve?

Thanks a million...funny how dependent we get on simple things.

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Re: ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 11:31:50 PM »
The Alt key on a computer keyboard is used to change the function of other pressed keys. Thus, the Alt key is a modifier key, used in a similar fashion to the Shift key. For example, simply pressing "A" will type the letter a, but if you hold down either Alt key while pressing A, the computer will perform an "Alt-A" function, which varies from program to program. In non-US keyboard layouts, rather than a second Alt key, there is an 'Alt Gr' key to the right of the space bar. The key is located immediately to either side of the Space bar. The Alt key has come to replace the Meta key of the old MIT keyboards. In their original function, both Alt and Meta would set the high bit of the signal generated by the key to 1. However, in modern software, due to the requirement of the high bit for internationalisation, Alt no longer works in such a way. The Alt key is well known as part of the Control-Alt-Delete key combination, which in some operating systems brings up the task manager. In the X Window System, Control-Alt-Delete is known as Control-Alt-Backspace, which usually causes the X server to shut down or restart.
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Re: ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010, 08:43:49 AM »
Why are you posting on a 4 year old post?
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Re: ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 12:55:20 PM »
Maybe because it's obviously a spambot? :P

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Re: ALT key shortcuts using right numbers keypad
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 05:34:38 PM »
I doubt its a bot. The answer is too specific. But if it is, it wont be around for long. :mrgreen:
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