How to get a pound sign (£) and euro symbol (€) on a US keyboard

Thank you very much, Sainsbury’s UK, for selling me this HP keyboard. I guess I can’t complain about it being US configuration when there’s a massive “US” sticker on the box. And on the whole, it’s the same, except the @ and ” are swapped over. Oh, and there’s no pound sign on it. Even though UK keyboards have a dollar sign on them, the USA doesn’t appear to reciprocate.

So much for the special relationship.

Getting the pound sign on the keyboard

Thankfully, I’ve found a workaround, which works-around in Windows.

Simply hold down Alt and type 0163 on the number pad (not the top line of the keyboard) and the £ miraculously appears.

Getting the euro symbol (€) on a US keyboard

While we’re on the subject, you might want to get the euro symbol from time to time. Now I come to think of it, my old GB keyboard didn’t have a euro symbol on it either. So much for our most important trading partner. Again, this is for Windows: Hold down Alt and type 0128 on the number pad. Bingo.

Now I just need to earn some money so I can put my skills to good use …

Pound euro symbol on US keyboard