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What's the quickest way to write the pound (£) sign on a US Keyboard?

Currently I use Alt+0163 but it's not very quick because my laptop doesn't have a number pad so I need to set num lock on.

Is there a better/quicker way?

The keyboard looks like this:

US Keyboard

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You may use a product such as AutoIt or AutoHotkey to issue the pound character using a hotkey, maybe for example the (mostly) unused Scroll key.

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I ended up using AutoHotKey. I use an auto replace on $$ to £. –  Ray Dec 15 '09 at 0:40
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You should be able to use Alt Gr + Shift + $.

US international keyboard layout

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I do not have this AltGr key you speak off. Neither of the alt keys will work for this combination. –  Ray Dec 14 '09 at 9:45
    
AltGr is an abbreviation for Ctrl+ALt - available on (some?) European keyboards. –  Tim Pietzcker Dec 14 '09 at 9:47
    
If on Windows, does Ctrl + Alt + Shift + $ work? –  sblair Dec 14 '09 at 9:48
    
@Sblair that is a US International Keyboard. I updated my post with the keyboard I have at the same time as your posted your pic. –  Ray Dec 14 '09 at 9:50
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Have you tried changing the keyboard layout setting in Windows, perhaps to United States-International, or even to UK? –  sblair Dec 14 '09 at 9:57
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Use ALT-0163 (enter the digits on the numeric keypad).

£

(Character map will show the code to use, for that characters this method can be used for, on its status bar when the character is selected.)

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Ray said that his keyboard doesn’t have a numeric keypad. –  Synetech Dec 14 '09 at 17:22
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Read past the title. –  Ray Dec 14 '09 at 20:00
    
Do'h: but most laptops have a function key that maps some of the main keyboard to a numeric keyboard. So then a matter of also holding down the function key and alt. –  Richard Dec 16 '09 at 11:44
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