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How to make a cross on your computer keyboard

Did you know you could do this? Will wonders never cease. A reader sent this my way. Try it.

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Jeff Miller

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

As usual it is even easier to do with a Mac – simply hold Option-T

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Frank Weathers

posted August 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Jeff, that’s because Mac’s are Catholic? 😉

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posted August 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

yep, been using the cross for years. love it! :-)

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posted August 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Press ALT & the numerals 197 (ALT + 197)
Press ALT & the numerals 197 (ALT + 206)

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posted August 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm

If you have a mac, you can bring up the “special characters” window out of the “Edit” menu option in several apps, including Firefox and TextEdit. Choose Roman characters, and there is a helpful “Crosses” category. Click on the one you want and hit the “Insert” button…
✙ ✚ ✛ ✜ ✝ ✞ ✟ ✠

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Lance Eccles

posted August 19, 2010 at 1:37 am

Technically it’s a “dagger”, and in many fonts that’s what it looks like. But it looks like a proper cross if you use the Arial font (and probably some others as well). Unicode number 2020. You should also be able to get it in Microsoft Word by typing 2020 followed by Alt-x.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 3:24 am

All you have to do on the Mac is hold down the alt/option key and type a “t”. This is what you get: † . Macs are always easier…as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever! Amen.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

Any one knows why is it design to do this?

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posted August 19, 2010 at 12:57 pm

it does not work for me. i tried to make the sign u sing ‘word’ program

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posted August 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

It’s a standard dagger character. In windows, you can view all the characters in a font. From the “Start” menu, click on “Run” and type in “charmap” and hit enter (or click okay).
Character map will show and you can look at all the characters in any font.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 5:05 pm

The keyboard is designed to make a cross because that cross is included in the standard character system for computers, according to the American Standard Code for Information Interchage (ASCII). Every character, whether a letter, number, or special character, that a computer can produce is contained within this code. Each character is assigned a number. There are 256 total characters, numbered from zero to 255, and the “cross” character is number 134.
Character 134, the “cross”, is part of a group of drawing characters that exist so computers can draw lines and boxes with any basic operating system (i.e. without a graphic interaction system such as Windows, Mac, Solaris, etc.).
In recent years more characters have been added that extend beyond the basic ASCII character code, and so often enough four digits are necessary to get the specific character you want. For example, on a Windows-based computer holding the “Alt” key down while presing 1, then 3, then 4, produces a capital “A” with a little circle above it (a foreign language character), while holding including the zero, as shown in this video, produces the “cross” character.
Probably more information than anyone wanted, but this is why it works.

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Tim Carpenter

posted August 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Look at that! It’s kind of small but it worked.

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posted August 20, 2010 at 11:54 pm

In Word you can make it larger by changing the size and also you can make it more decorative by changing the font. Wide Latin looks great!

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Josephine Zito

posted September 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

Sorry to say it doesn’t work for me. Tried it the way you said and nothing happened. So what gives?

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posted November 10, 2010 at 1:53 am

That was nice. Thank you for sharing it.

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posted July 31, 2011 at 6:33 am

Дорогие друзья, давайте делится хорошими стихами неизвестных авторов!

[i]Автор: Давид Синицын[/i]

[b]Снова Москва[/b]

Москва-река покрыта льдом.
Нигде не видно полыньи.
Здесь был,но верится с трудом,
Ты в годы детские свои.

Москва-река под слоем льда
И серым снегом городским.
А помнишь,как смотрел тогда
Ты вслед корабликам речным?

На Украину отдыхать
Ты из Сибири аж летал.
С тех пор прошло лет двадцать пять.
И жить к Москве ты близко стал.

Насильно ль через весь Союз
Отец тогда тебя возил?
Отбрось воспоминаний груз:
Отца недавно хоронил.

Да и Москва уже не та,
Столица уж не той страны.
На набережной пустота.
В ней звуки лета не слышны.

Но точно проезжал ты здесь
В автобусе в аэропорт.
Речных корабликов не счесть.
И рыбаков – не сгонит чёрт.

Где было зло,а где добро?
Вопрос,что был во все века.
Лишь то же самое метро,
Билет лишь вместо пятака.

И Курский тот же ли вокзал?
Пришла знакомая отца.
А ты бы так её узнал?
Ведь нет тогдашнего лица.

По фотке присланной узнав,
Она представилась тебе.
А ведь играла,ты был прав,
Большую роль в твоей судьбе.

Не видя тридцать лет потом,
Да разве можно ли узнать?
Москва-река покрыта льдом.
Наследство еду получать.

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