With this simple trick, you can type characters like ≤ or ≥ on Windows 10/11. We explain it to you.
This tip will bring characters to the screen that are not found on your keyboard
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The problem is plain and simple: you want to type a greater than or less than sign, but it’s nowhere to be found on the keyboard. Many use “>=” or “<=", which doesn't look good. It would be much nicer to be able to enter ≤ or ≥ directly. And that is actually possible without any problems.
Method 1: Using the Alt key combination (but doesn’t work everywhere)
In many Windows applications you can easily [Alt] + 8804 or [Alt] Type + 8805 and then the corresponding less than or equal to or greater than or equal to symbol will appear in the document. This works without any problems in Word or Excel, for example. Important: The digits must be entered using the numeric keypad block on the keyboard. In many cases, the numeric keypad must first be activated by pressing the “NUM” key. Only when digits are displayed after pressing the keys on the numeric keypad can you [Alt] + 8804 or [Alt] + Use 8805.
However, this does not work in many Windows programs, such as Notepad or in the browser search. Here we come to method 2, which also offers other advantages.
Method 2: Enter math characters with the emoji picker in Windows
Microsoft has integrated the emoji picker from Windows 10, which you can access using the key combination Windows key + “.” can activate. Its main purpose is to make it easier to enter emojis.
Activate the emoji picker in Windows with the Windows key + .
When the key combination is pressed, the emoji picker appears on the desktop and you can select the emoji you want and then double-click to paste it where you are typing in a window. But the emoji picker can do a lot more. There are also many other characters and symbols to choose from. To do this, first click on the “Ω” icon (symbols) in the upper area.
The emoji picker also makes it easier to add mathematical symbols to text
New icons will then appear in the bottom bar for selecting “General Punctuation Marks”, “Currency Symbols”, “Latin Characters”, “Geometric Symbols”, “Mathematical Symbols”, “Additional Symbols” and “Language Symbols”.
You can find the greater than or equal to and less than or equal to signs in the Mathematical Symbols section, right next to symbols like
≢ , ≨ , ≠ and ≦
Reading tip: Use emojis on Windows 10, 11 with this shortcut