Chromebooks being simple devices, have similar-natured keyboards as well. You’ll find most of the useful stuff right out of the box with them—just the same as any other laptop—but for the extra inputs that really get things going, you’ll have to put in a bit of extra effort.
In this article, we’ll show you how you can type symbols on your Chromebook without having to search for them individually, followed by a tedious copy and paste. Without any further ado, then, let’s get right into it.
Unicode for Symbol Input
Unicode has become a standard for modern-day keyboard inputs and represents a broad spectrum of characters. For every character, Unicode comprises a set of digits. All inputs have been predetermined, and the system that Unicode proposes is adopted by everyone across the globe unequivocally.
Using this method, you can start typing symbols, even emojis, and other special characters comfortably. We’ll explain how in the next section.
How to use Unicode on Chromebook
Fortunately, Unicode comprises zero complexity. All you have to do is follow the steps listed below to start getting the hang of it.
1) Press and hold “CTRL + Shift,” followed by a prompt press of the “U” key on your keyboard. This will make a certain “u” appear but with a distinct underline.
2) Right after that, you will type in a set of digits and letters representing a character. Let’s take the example of the character “Division sign” for now. To input this symbol, type in “00f7” beside the Unicode “u.” When you’re done, press the “Enter” key.
3) If you’ve followed the steps correctly, this “÷” symbol should appear on your screen.
Unicode is probably the most effective method of typing symbols on Chromebooks or any desktop device, for that matter. To make it even more productive and useful for users, its website has drafted an entire table that consists of all the special characters one could incorporate more or less. Check this table out by clicking on this link. Also, Wikipedia has done the same thing in its own fashion.
To give you a brief overview of Unicode’s website, if you see a character that catches your attention and you’d like to use it somewhere, hover over it and give it a click. The character would enlarge and give you an option to copy its Unicode number with just a tap.
In the illustrative screenshot above, we highlighted the symbol of the British currency, “Pound.” As you can see, the Unicode number is visible and can be entered manually. All it would take is to follow the steps that we wrote above, which would lead to successful symbol inputs, just like this – £.
A point to ponder, each symbol has a different and unique Unicode number. Therefore, it might take you a few inputs to memorize the Unicode numbers of your desired symbols. Rest assured, the process is easy, and you can even copy and paste too if you like.