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


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

You should be able to use Alt Gr + Shift + $.

US international keyboard layout

  • 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. 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

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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