Solved Can't do CAD Compose Character sequences on laptop keyboard

October 19, 2012 at 15:56:48
Specs: Windows 7 64-bit
Last year I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad X100e, running Windows 7.
I'm now doing some CAD ("CAD4U") on it and this has brought to a head an issue I knew about but have been "living with" since I bought it.

I need to do "composed characters" for use in my CAD program, e.g. "Fn+alt+0248" to get a diameter symbol.

How do I do this? None of the keys have blue overprinting to suggest use with the Fn key (like my last machine had) and just using the normal number keys does not work.

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October 20, 2012 at 05:22:36
... replying to my own question... yes, I can use Character Map and copy characters to the CAD program, but this is awfully longwinded compared to typing in a code.... so if anyone comes up with that as an answer, then it isn't really what I'm looking for.

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October 20, 2012 at 08:20:37
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I used to bring the character map up on the desktop and drag & drop symbols when needed. Not sure if that still is possible. I actually just had copies of the most used on the desktop so I didn't need to hunt.

I just tried it and it still works. In the search box I typed Character map then click on the search result. Then select the most used characters and after you have a small list, copy and paste. You may be able to insert them into your program too.

I spoke too soon. Not able to paste to the desktop. I was able to paste into a text box in my CAD program.

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October 20, 2012 at 11:05:25
Yes, you will see I already thought of that. However what I am looking for is a key sequence to allow me to enter the codes direct from the keyboard. However, I suppose I could keep a "reservoir" of special characters hidden on the drawing frame somewhere in mini-size writing, and copy them from there. If that works, it would be quite a good solution to the problem.

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