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Knowhow - IT and Technology Help

Knowhow is the award-winning end-to-end services brand supporting Currys PC World. Knowhow strives to better serve customers throughout the lifetime of their products and to help them get the best from their technology. Services include delivery and installation, set-up, repairs and protect.

This article series will be introducing new technologies as well as helping us enjoy and make the most of new products for years to come.

Knowhow No. 40

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With the euro being the main currency in most European countries, lots of us need to be able to find and type the euro sign quickly and easily.


Just like that. But on some keyboards, it’s actually quite tricky to find.

Why isn’t the euro symbol on my keyboard?

Here’s the problem you might have. Most UK PC keyboards list a € alongside the number 4, but when you press Shift + 4 you only actually get a $ (dollar) sign. Very annoying.

So, if you're struggling to find that elusive euro symbol, let us show you how to get it…

Where is the euro symbol on my keyboard?

If you’re very lucky, your keyboard might have a dedicated euro key. If it has, you won't need to worry about holding down other buttons at the same time - just tap the button and the € symbol should appear.

If your keyboard doesn’t have a dedicated euro key, look for it on another key. Most keyboards have the euro symbol on the 4 key at the top of your keyboard, but some have it on the 5 or the E key.

If you can see the € symbol on your 4 key but can't get it to appear on your screen, you’ll need to use one of the following key combinations.

  • Hold Alt Gr (normally placed to the right of the space bar) and 4
  • Hold Ctrl, Alt and 4

If you've tried these steps and still can't see the euro symbol, this could mean your keyboard has the euro symbol on a different key. If you can spot the euro symbol somewhere else, repeat the steps above but with the alternative key instead.

Still struggling? If your keyboard has a number pad on the right hand side (or your laptop keyboard has a number lock) you can use Alt codes to get characters you wouldn't find normally. Hold down Alt and type 0128 to get a Euro key to appear.

And finally, if you want to find the euro sign on a Mac keyboard, try either Alt + Shift + 2, or just Alt + 2.


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