How to type the Hash Key on Laptop

How to type the Hash Key on Laptop

 

How do I type a hash key?
Also called a hash, number sign, or pound sign, the octothorpe is the typographical symbol “#” (two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, crossed). On US QWERTY keyboards, the # symbol appears on the same key as the number 3. It can be typed by holding Shift and pressing the 3 key.

 

How do you type a hash sign on a UK keyboard?
Hash symbol # should be available on a UK keyboard – above the right hand shift key / next to the main enter key on mine – alternatively try alt+35 – which works for me on this forum & in Wordpad + Word + Excel to name but a few places I have just tried.

 

# – How to Enter a Hash or Number Sign Using a Keyboard

 

In today’s article, you’ll learn about all of the many methods and shortcuts for typing the Hash or Number Sign on your keyboard, whether you’re using Windows or Mac, and whether you’re working in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or your browser.

Let’s get started without further ado.

But, before we begin, you may quickly copy and paste the Number Sign using the button below.

 

Table of Contents

The number sign [#] Quick Assistance
5 different methods to type the Hash (or Number Symbol) on the keyboard
1. Using the keyboard’s Number Sign key
3. Making Use of the Number Sign Shortcut (Mac and Windows)
4. Make a copy of the Hash symbol and paste it into your document.
5. Making use of the Insert Symbol dialog box

Conclusion

The number sign [#] Quick Assistance
To type the Number Sign on your keyboard, hold down the Alt key and enter the Number Sign alt code, 35, on the numeric keypad, before releasing the Alt key. Alternatively, for both Mac and Windows, hit Shift + 3 on your keyboard.

Windows/Mac shortcut Symbol Name Number Sign Symbol # Alt Code 35

Shift + 3
Shortcut for Windows Alt Code
Alt + 35
Keyboard shortcuts for the number sign
The small guide above contains some valuable information on the Number Symbol, including shortcuts and alt codes for both Windows and Mac. However, there are also alternative methods you can use to incorporate this symbol into your Word document which is shown below.

5 different methods to type the Hash (or Number Symbol) on the keyboard
Microsoft Office provides many techniques for typing or inserting symbols for which there are no special keys on the keyboard.

In this part, I’ll show you five various ways to type or insert the Number Symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or any text editor for both Mac and Windows users.

Let’s get started without further ado.

  1. Using the keyboard’s Number Sign key
    What is the location of the Hash or Number Symbol key on the keyboard?

The Number Symbol key is usually found next to the 3 key on most keyboards. This key offers you three. Thus, to type this sign, hold down the shift key before pressing the 3 key.

Indicating the location of the number sign on the keyboard 2. Using the Hash Symbol Alt Code (Windows Only)

The alt code for the Hash or Number Symbol is 35.

Although this symbol has a designated key on most English keyboards, you can alternatively input it using the Alt Numpad Input Method (AKA Alt Code Method). This is accomplished by holding down the Alt key while typing the Number Symbol Alt code (35) on the numeric keypad.

alternative code for the number sign
This method is only for Windows. In addition, your keyboard must include a numeric keypad.

If you still don’t get it, simply follow the directions below to input the Number Symbol using the alt code method:

Insert your insertion pointer where the symbol is required.
Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
While holding down the Alt key, enter the symbol’s alt code (35). The alt code must be entered using the numeric keypad. This method may not work if you are using a laptop without a numeric keypad. Some laptops have a hidden numeric keypad that you can access by pressing Fn+NmLk on the keyboard.
After typing the Alt code, release the Alt key to insert the Symbol into your page.
Using the Alt Code approach, you can type this symbol anywhere on your Windows PC.

  1. Making Use of the Number Sign Shortcut (Mac and Windows)
    Shift + 3 is the Mac keyboard shortcut for the Number Symbol. This shortcut also works for Windows users, or you may utilize the Alt Code approach by holding down the alt key and typing 35 on the numeric keypad.

Keyboard shortcuts for the number sign
Follow the steps below to type the Hash symbol with a shortcut:

First, position the insertion pointer where you want to type the Number Symbol.
For both Windows and Mac, hold down the Shift key and press the [3] (Three) key once.
For Windows users, hold down the alt key and enter 35 into the number pad.
These are the steps to enter this symbol into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  1. Make a copy of the Hash symbol and paste it into your document.
    Another simple approach for getting the Number Symbol on any PC is to copy and paste.

All you have to do is copy the symbol from anywhere (say, a web page or the character map for Windows users), go to where you need it (say, Word or Excel), and then press Ctrl+V to paste.

The symbol is below for you to copy and paste into your document. Simply pick it and press Ctrl+C to copy it, then switch to your text editor, set your insertion pointer where you want it, and hit Ctrl+V to paste.

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For Windows users, follow the steps below to copy and paste this [#] and any other symbol using the character map dialog box.

Search for Character Map by pressing the Start button. Click on the Character Map app in the search results to open it.
On Windows, look for the character map.
The Character Map dialog box will open. To see more options, tick the Advanced view checkbox in the dialog box.
To enlarge the dialog, check the Advanced view checkbox.
Enter Number Sign in the Search field in the advanced view. This is the Hash Symbol’s official name.
On the character map dialog, you should now just see the Hash symbol. To select the symbol, double-click it. Alternatively, you can click the Select button.
After you double-click the symbol, it should show in the Character to copy: area. Click the Copy button to copy the symbol.
copy & paste a hash mark or a number sign
Switch to your Microsoft Word document, position the insertion pointer where you want it, and then hit Ctrl+V to paste.
This is how you may utilize the Character Map dialog on a Windows PC to copy and paste any symbol.

  1. Making use of the Insert Symbol dialog box
    The insert symbol dialog box is a symbol library from which you can insert any symbol into your Word document with a few mouse clicks.

Follow the instructions below to enter the Number Symbol into Word using the Insert Symbol dialog box.

Open your Microsoft Word document.
Place the insertion pointer where you want to insert the symbol by clicking.
Navigate to the Insert tab.
Select the Insert tab.
Click the Symbol drop-down and then the More Symbols option in the Symbols category.
Navigate to Symbols>More Symbols.
The Symbol dialog box will be displayed. Select Basic Latin from the Subset drop-down list to see symbols in that category, which contains the Number Symbol.
Choose the symbol and press the Insert button. Alternatively, you can put the symbol into your Word document by double clicking on it.
In Word, how do you insert a number sign?
Close the conversation.
The symbol will be inserted exactly where you put the insertion pointer at the start.

These are the steps to utilizing the Symbol library to insert the Number Symbol in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Conclusion
As you can see, there are numerous ways to type the Hash or Number Symbol on the keyboard.

Using Windows and Mac shortcuts is the quickest way to complete this activity. Shortcuts are always quick and efficient.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

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