Amazing discovery!

Windows users, open Outlook and start an email (new or reply, doesn’t matter). Type something in the message body, then press alt+X.

For those who can’t be bothered or don’t have outlook, it converts the character to the left of the cursor into its ASCII value (in hex, so space becomes 0020).

How strange is that?

Just for fun, I tried it on a mac, and all I got was a squiggly equals sign (I like to call it a supertilde)

[ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776]
[ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776]
Trying other key combos, here’s the alt+letter alphabet:

å[ch8747]ç[ch8706]´?©[ch729]?[ch8710][ch730]¬µ?ø[ch960]?®ß?¨[ch8730][ch8721][ch8776]¥[ch937]

Supertilda is aproximatley equals.

Supertilda aproximatley equals what?

I know the symbol I used profusely is the approximately equals to sign.
But it’s much more fun to call it a supertilde.

I prefer “conjoined twin tilde.”

I know the symbol I used profusely is the approximately equals to sign.
But it’s much more fun to call it a supertilde.

Anyone know the ALT code for the Supertilde?

I use it all the time in writing, but I’ve never tried to type it ;D!

Anyone know the ALT code for the Supertilde?

I love how someone is actually using my name for the [ch8776].

Oh and I quickly googled up “alt code [ch8776]”

The alt code for the “[ch8776]” [ch8776] 247
(btw it is 247, just felt using the supertilde)

D’oh! I was sitting here thinking I’d google it if I knew that actual name…Never thought to copy and paste it from this thread! ;D

Thanks anyways.

RAWR, my netbook doesn’t have a number pad. Still, I can C&P:

[ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776]
[ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776]
[ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776]
[ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776]
[ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776] [ch8776][ch8776][ch8776][ch8776]

THAT TOOK FOREVER

On OSX you can use the ALT key to create special characters.

ALT + U + letter = ë (for letter e)
ALT + E + letter = é (for letter e)
ALT + ` + letter = è (for letter e)
ALT + I + letter = ê (for letter e)

I use it a lot since those letters are used quite often in Dutch ;).

Might be useful:
ALT + Z = [ch937]
ALT + X = [ch8776]
ALT + M = µ
ALT + K = [ch730]

I greatly prefer the mac’s process to add accent marks. It makes so much more sense than ALT+345 (random number, I don’t actually know the alt codes)

Oh, and also:
ALT + n + letter = ñ
Although it’s just a NORMAL tilde…

PS on a side note, my favorite punctuation mark can be made with the font Wingdings 2, just type a ^ or _ or [ for threee different options.
I’m totally using interrobangs in my english papers next year!

I wrote a short macro to add accent marks like that once…Wish I could remember where I saved it ;D!

Supertilda aproximatley equals what?

Whatever is on the left side of it with whatever is to the right of it.
3.14159265 + 39 [ch8776] 42

Also, I had to find out how to do this on linux: http://alt-codes.org/linux/
Instead of “alt”, one must press CTRL + SHIFT + U, then release U, then type a unicode hexadecimal nr, then release ctrl and shift. Alternatively, ctrl + shift + u, release everything, type the unicode hex nr, then press space.

Btw, the “almost equal to” sign’s unicode nr is 2248 (hexadecimal).
Found it here: Mathematical Operators – Test for Unicode support in Web browsers

Thanks raron.

I found the supertilde ascii code by copying, then pasting into a new email window and pressing alt+x - which brings us nicely back to the topic :slight_smile:

The interrobang is 203D[ch8253]