Type Special Characters On a Chromebook (Accents, Symbols, Em Dashes)

Typing special characters with a Chromebook can be done using unicode. Here’s a handy reference to show you how.

I work part-time as an editor, which means I spend a lot of my time replacing hyphens with em dashes. So, when I bought my Chromebook, my life became a little different.

I’ve always typed em dashes normally to press Alt and type 0151 on the numerical keypad. The only thing is that Chromebooks don’t have numerical keypads. In fact, most laptops don’t anymore.

In a pinch, you can google the special character and copy and paste the special characters in. But no one’s got time for that. In Word, you can use special characters from the Insert ribbon. But Chromebooks don’t have Word.

You get the idea. For those of you who’ve skimmed all this and are just looking for the solution, here it is:

How to Type Special Characters with a Chromebook: Unicode Input

When you press Ctrl+Shift+U in an input field on a Chromebook, you’ll get a little underlined “u” on your screen. Take a look at the example below.

chromebook unicode

Now, type in the Unicode entry for the special character you want. An em dash is “2014.”

unicode chromebook special characters

Hit enter, and voila, em dash: —

2014 for an em dash is easy to remember because 2014 is when St. Vincent released her self-titled album, St. Vincent. But for all other Unicode characters, you should check out this handy reference:

Wikipedia also has a good breakdown of all the Unicode characters.

That table is massive, of course. So here’s a handy reference for the ones you’d most frequently use on your Chromebook.

Typing Subscript and Superscript in Unicode

The Unicode entries for subscript are U+208X, where X is the number you want in subscript. For example, H₂0 uses CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 2082.

The Unicode entries for superscript are CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 207x, where X is the number you want in superscript. For example, 10⁷ uses CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 2077.

That is, except for 1, 2, and 3, which are CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 00B9, CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 00B2, and CTRL+SHIFT+U and then 00B3, respectively.

Typing Punctuation in Unicode

Use the handy table below for your dashes and other esoteric punctuation.

CTRL + SHIFT + U and …CharacterName
2013En dash
2014Em dash
2015Horizontal bar
2017Double low line
2018Left single quotation mark
2019Right single quotation mark
201ASingle low-9 quotation mark
201BSingle high-reversed-9 quotation mark
201CLeft double quotation mark
201DRight double quotation mark
201EDouble low-9 quotation mark
2021Double dagger
2026Horizontal ellipsis
2030Per mille sign
2033Double prime
2039Single left-pointing angle quotation mark
203ASingle right-pointing angle quotation mark
203CDouble exclamation mark
2044Fraction slash
204ATironian et sign

Typing Symbols in Unicode

CTRL + SHIFT + U and …CharacterName
00A0Non-breaking space
00A1¡Inverted Exclamation Mark
00A2¢Cent sign
00A3£Pound sign
00A4¤Currency sign
00A5¥Yen sign
00A6¦Broken bar
00A7§Section sign
00A8¨Diaeresis (Umlaut)
00A9©Copyright sign
00AB«Left-pointing double-angle quotation mark
00AC¬Not sign
00ADSoft hyphen
00AE®Registered sign
00B0°Degree symbol
00B1±Plus-minus sign
00B2²Superscript two
00B3³Superscript three
00B4Acute accent
00B5µMicro sign
00B6Pilcrow sign
00B7·Middle dot
00B9¹Superscript one
00BAºMasculine ordinal indicator
00BB»Right-pointing double-angle quotation mark
00BC¼Vulgar fraction one quarter
00BD½Vulgar fraction one half
00D7×Multiplication sign
00F7÷Division sign
00BAºMasculine ordinal indicator
00BB»Right-pointing double-angle quotation mark
00BC¼Vulgar fraction one quarter
00BD½Vulgar fraction one half
00BE¾Vulgar fraction three quarters
00BF¿Inverted Question Mark

Typing Accents in Unicode

CTRL + SHIFT + U and…CharacterName
00C0ÀLatin Capital Letter A with grave
00C1ÁLatin Capital letter A with acute
00C2ÂLatin Capital letter A with circumflex
00C3ÃLatin Capital letter A with tilde
00C4ÄLatin Capital letter A with diaeresis
00C5ÅLatin Capital letter A with ring above
00C6ÆLatin Capital letter Æ
00C7ÇLatin Capital letter C with cedilla
00C8ÈLatin Capital letter E with grave
00C9ÉLatin Capital letter E with acute
00CAÊLatin Capital letter E with circumflex
00CBËLatin Capital letter E with diaeresis
00CCÌLatin Capital letter I with grave
00CDÍLatin Capital letter I with acute
00CEÎLatin Capital letter I with circumflex
00CFÏLatin Capital letter I with diaeresis
00D0ÐLatin Capital letter Eth
00D1ÑLatin Capital letter N with tilde
00D2ÒLatin Capital letter O with grave
00D3ÓLatin Capital letter O with acute
00D4ÔLatin Capital letter O with circumflex
00D5ÕLatin Capital letter O with tilde
00D6ÖLatin Capital letter O with diaeresis
00D8ØLatin Capital letter O with stroke
00D9ÙLatin Capital letter U with grave
00DAÚLatin Capital letter U with acute
00DBÛLatin Capital Letter U with circumflex
00DCÜLatin Capital Letter U with diaeresis
00DDÝLatin Capital Letter Y with acute
00DEÞLatin Capital Letter Thorn
00DFßLatin Small Letter Sharp S
00E0àLatin Small Letter A with grave
00E1áLatin Small Letter A with acute
00E2âLatin Small Letter A with circumflex
00E3ãLatin Small Letter A with tilde
00E4äLatin Small Letter A with diaeresis
00E5åLatin Small Letter A with ring above
00E6æLatin Small Letter Æ
00E7çLatin Small Letter C with cedilla
00E8èLatin Small Letter E with grave
00E9éLatin Small Letter E with acute
00EAêLatin Small Letter E with circumflex
00EBëLatin Small Letter E with diaeresis
00ECìLatin Small Letter I with grave
00EDíLatin Small Letter I with acute
00EEîLatin Small Letter I with circumflex
00EFïLatin Small Letter I with diaeresis
00F0ðLatin Small Letter Eth
00F1ñLatin Small Letter N with tilde
00F2òLatin Small Letter O with grave
00F3óLatin Small Letter O with acute
00F4ôLatin Small Letter O with circumflex
00F5õLatin Small Letter O with tilde
00F6öLatin Small Letter O with diaeresis
00F8øLatin Small Letter O with stroke
00F9ùLatin Small Letter U with grave
00FAúLatin Small Letter U with acute
00FBûLatin Small Letter U with circumflex
00FCüLatin Small Letter U with diaeresis
00FDýLatin Small Letter Y with acute
00FEþLatin Small Letter Thorn
00FFÿLatin Small Letter Y with diaeresis

If I missed one of your favorite Chromebook characters, drop it in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list.



  1. Denis de Castro

    Thanks Jack, that’s useful. Also—what’s that editor you’re using in the screenshot?


    • ፍልይyoGEyðø¬

      CTRL+SHIFT+ U+2020=

      • isabel

        I think you do†

      • the person who commented

        the fac† that its a dagger and its code is 2020 is not surprising at all

        • zE_SiMp


        • Kai Laurvick

          do ctrl+shift+u+9099 then press [space] bar.

          • Butts

            You can mess around with tons of things.

          • jaxson


          • Ur Mom


        • Burner Jack


      • no u

        2020=† and 2021=‡
        if 2020 was a dagger getting ready to stab then 2021 is the stabbed dagger meaning 2021 will be way more painful

        • I dum

          2022 is a bullet point that is even more painful then a knife

        • waffle

          2023= play button
          2024= period.

          What does that mean? I have no idea, but it might be useful to some people??

      • Rain

        Some people think it is a dagger I think it is a cross

        • Audrey

          me too

        • the random guy

          its a cross to me

        • JaketheDog777

          True! Thanks. It is actually the trademark symbol too.

      • Geometry Dash: Fredrigoyiyo

        I†’s jus† a dagger! No†hing wrong wi†h a dagger!

    • Jade Odom

      Hey, I think this helps because I was trying to go to websites to see how I could do the upside-down (inverted) question mark and this helps.

    • cindy

      what is the greater than or equal symbol then

  2. Laimonas

    How would you type + or – in Sub/Superscript. Other than that, you mate, have solved me sooo many problems so thank you.

  3. Troll

    You can do ub0 space and then you get the degree symbol.

    • James

      You could also do ctrl+Shift+00b0 enter and you get a °. :) I don’t know if that’s in there…

      • daniel

        its not letting me do that one

    • Rain

      This is gonna make math class so much easier

  4. NBK2006

    there is chinese in unicode, too. this is CTRL+SHIFT+U (8888)= 袈

  5. Hector M Lugo

    Wow! Why are computer makers still making this so difficult? The world is getting smaller, more people speak multiple languages than don’t in the world, yet computer makers like to pretend no one speaks anything but Enlgish. SMH

  6. woodles

    Does anyone know the code for a checkbox (tick) trying to fill out an online form is driving me crazy.

    Thank you.

    • Jack Brualfnslkf


    • bob

      Me too

    • sum person

      Ctrl+Shift+U+2713 ✓

    • JaketheDog777


  7. Andra

    How do you make an ¨a¨ with an over line; the long A symbol????

    • Ethan

      Ā is U+100, and ā is U+101

  8. Denis de Castro

    @Andra Try control-shift-U and 0100 or 0101 (Wikipedia—macron (diacritic)). Cheers

    • Ur Mom

      thanks so much!!! :D

  9. Yashmyn Jackson

    Jack Busch,
    Thank you very much for this. You’ve just been bookmarked.

  10. Yashmyn Jackson

    Jack, unfortunately, I don’t know how to get rid of that particular photo that’s appearing with my post. I literally don’t know where that photo is stored (can’t find it on Facebook or Google), so I can’t delete it and replace it with my regular Google profile photo. Any way you could delete it and replace it with some generic image or something? Thank you for any help you can provide in ridding the Internet of that photo. :-|

  11. john frankenfurt

    omg this is awesome look at this ²

    • Em

      What’s the pi sign ?

      • anonymous

        its ctrl+shift+u+03c0

        • Rain

          This is gonna help me in math.

        • Rain

          This is gonna help me in math.

  12. Some Guy

    You know you can just go to insert then special characters and type the name

    • Hello, I'm dum

      Some websites can cause viruses if you copy and paste, and also, it would just be easier to use simple codes. c:

  13. Phoebe Tran

    how do you make the oppsite arrow way of » ?

    • YAM

      Try control + shift + u00AB

      • (มºਢº)༡

        yeah thats it

  14. Jeff Frane

    New to chromebook and have used character map for ages. This was driving me nuts. Thank you!

  15. Johan

    A solution that works better for me is this: change your keyboard to US International Keyboard (Settings/Device/Keyboard/Change language and input settings/Input method). When you´ve done that, to get, for example, an á, you type an apostrophe followed by a; ò is the grave accent (top left) followed by o; ñ is the tilde (top left) folowed by n; Ü is double quotes followed by Shift+u, and so on. Experiment on your own; it´s quite easy to get used to. If you need the accent symbol on it´s own (as in the word it´s), simply type it twice.

    This system doesn´t give access to all diacritical signs used in European languages like Polish, Czech, etc., or the German ß, but at least it´s quicker than having to look up the Unicode value.

    • Matthias Walter Schoener

      @Johan — Agree with your points, just want to point out that the ¨scharfes s¨ *is* actually available with the international keyboard. I have German language enabled on my US Pixelbook. And with the Intl keyboard activated, if I type + s, I get ß.

      • Matthias Walter Schoener

        that should read ¨right alt + s¨. My apologies.

      • CostaBuddie

        So, the rigt Alt works like Alt Gr on a normal keyboard? That would be a great help.

  16. jacob j hendrickson

    English: OMG Thanks you
    Chinese: 哦,谢谢

  17. Katy

    Very helpful! Awesome!!

  18. YaBoiiFlare

    If you do unicode 230 you will end out with this: Ȱ It’s like an omega symbol, but upside down!

  19. David Riley

    Mr. Busch. Thanks for that. As an editor, you might be able to amend the article for its online appearance. Consider the following:

    “Now, type in the unicode entry for the special character you want. An em dash is “2014.”


    unicode chromebook special characters
    Hit enter and voila, em dash: —”

    The last line should read – Release the control+shift+U, then hit enter and….

  20. Dariusz

    Yet no way to insert the Euro symbol – very annoying

    • Richard

      On my keyboard, you press right Alt and 4, it gives a euro.

    • sum person

      Ctrl+Shift+u+20AC €

  21. Barbara A Hallowell

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! After nothing but PC’s in my life, I just made the switch to a Chromebook laptop, which I love. I have lots of friends in Ireland with fadas in their names, and I could not figure out how to alt+ keycode on this thing, then I found you :)

  22. kylie

    wow ty :) this is bookmarked also CONTROL + ALT + SHIFT + 2020 = †

  23. Richard

    this is incredibly useful, many problems have been solved at a stroke, thank you,

  24. Mike McLaren

    Thanks for this!

  25. Mark Doss

    I find that “$%#$&” pretty much says anything I really need to say on Chromebook.

  26. a guy

    I know that that is not all of the unicode symbols (not counting languages)

  27. Robert

    (Though that was a pretty amazing list).

    • cameron


  28. thomas

    how do i type a snail unicode on my chromebook?

  29. Le

    welp control+shift+U+00213= ȓ
    Don’t even know what and where this is used but

  30. gabe

    How do you make the ORIGINAL division sign?

  31. pseula

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve had my Chromebook since April, and have been cutting and pasting and then reformatting ë (which is in my daughter’s name, so I use it a lot!) because I could *not* find a keyboard shortcut for it!

    I do seriously miss the old ALT + (numeric pad) 137 for it, along with others, but at least new codes to memorize aren’t as toilsome as what I was doing before.

    Much appreciated, and bookmarked!

  32. Tammy Dang

    Does anyone know how to make a square root sign?

  33. ajkc

    this is very helpful thanks!

  34. ajkc

    You are missing some special keys

  35. ajkc

    what does ‱ mean?

  36. ajkc

    how many special characters are there?

  37. Cool Beans

    Thank you so much for this site. It has helped my algebra class and me. It is very useful, and we use these symbols very often

  38. Kabeer

    I don’t know about unicode characters,iv’e never typed them until at mar 1.

  39. rosalie


    • Nathan


      • \__ (ツ)__/

        ctrl + shift + u + 00d7 = ×

  40. Keegan

    2021 unicode

    • Lucas

      Im looking for the square root code because I’m writing an article but about how 2 is an irrational number but its getting really annoying since I have to keep on copy-pasting since there are sooooo many square root symbols

  41. Lucas

    how do you get the square root code???

  42. me

    I also am having trouble with the square root sign. Can anyone help me? I am on a chromebook so please don’t tell me how to type one on a Mac or PC. HELP!!!

  43. yay!


  44. Ryan

    Is there a way to type the Omega symbol?

  45. Ruth Phinney

    This did not work for me. I tried it both holding control shift the entire time, and releasing it after the control-shift-u. Both ways, I got an umlaut, ok, but the letter I wanted was not there. An umlaut alone does me little good!

    • Lemon

      You need to let go of U and continue holding Control & Shift, then press whatever numbers/letters you need.

  46. human ヅ

    ctrl + shift + u + 30c5=ヅ

  47. pixie dust

    very amazing guide especially the sign ‰

  48. cranbrry

    whats the code for 1/3

  49. ajck

    how do you type a backwards R

  50. Alienヅ

    So cool and useful! I told everyone about it. Thank you groovyPost!

  51. \__ (ツ)__/

    how do you type backwards c?

  52. Lemon

    Bookmarked in a heartbeat. Found what I needed. Also for people who are here for math, (Hi, I feel you.) I originally came for pi. It’s CTRL+SHIFT+U+03C0, then press enter. (π) Didn’t find it here, found it elsewhere, but I see a few comments coming for math.

  53. bruh

    how do you put square root

  54. anyone

    does anybody know what the greaterthan equal to is

    • Steve Krause

      Give this a try

      U+003C < U+003E >

  55. Jackson

    I need a upside down ^ pls thankyou

    • Watts04

      You need This


  56. oijfoijgfoisgj


    • anyone

      a greater than equal to sign is a greater than sign with a line under it

  57. Tora

    How do you make an about sign? (like the “=” sign but squiggly)

  58. Sonia

    Hi, how do we make an arrow downward & upward?? Thanks

  59. Don't Eat Me, I'm Not Food!

    How do you type a radical symbol?

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