Special ALT Key Symbols & Characters ~ (Alt+1=☺)

Did you ever wonder how you can type a heart symbol ♥, a smiley face ☺, a little circle • or even the copyright symbol © ?

Wonder no more. You can type these special characters by holding the ALT key on your keyboard and entering the symbol’s number.

For example to type a smiley face: Hold the ALT key and press 1 and you’ll get ☺!

Here’s a list of some cool characters you can type:


Alt Code



Alt + 1


Alt + 2

Dark Smiley

Alt + 3


Alt + 4


Alt + 5


Alt + 6


Alt + 7

Solid Circle

Alt + 8


Alt + 254

Solid Square

Alt + 9

Empty Circle

Alt + 10

Circle in Solid Square

Alt + 11


Alt + 12


Alt + 13

Music Note

Alt + 14

Music Note

Alt + 15


Alt + 16


Alt + 17


Alt + 30


Alt + 31


Alt + 0153


Alt + 0169



Alt + 0174




There are, of course, many more but I think the list above encompasses the most frequanlty used ones.

You can use Windows Character Map to find more special characters, the program lets you copy and paste those characters.

To access Character Map: Click Start ► All Programs  ► Accessories ► System Tools ► Character Map.

The Five Marketing Environments – An Example

When planning a marketing campaign marketers have to take into account the changes in the marketing environment, including the competitive, social-cultural, technological, economic and political-legal environments. Here is an example of the changes that happen in these environments and their effect on Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser marketing strategy.


Center Background Image Using CSS – One Line of Code

Here is a little snippet of CSS code that you can use to center a background image. The background image will be fixed in its center position even if you scroll up or down the page.

Place this CSS code in the HEAD section of your HTML code



Don’t forget to change background.jpg to the name of your background image file.

Download: Example Page example_center_background_css.zip

Extract Links or URLs from A Web Page – Visual Basic 6 (VB6)

Extracting Links Using VB6

This is an easy way to extract links from a web page using a web browser control and a reference to Microsoft HTML Object Library. This code will extract all links in the href property of the A tag and save them to a text file named urllist.

  • Create a form.
  • Add reference to Microsoft Html Object Library.
  • Add a web browser control.
  • Add a List Box
  • Add a command button.

VB Code:


Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim c
    Dim aLink As Object

    For Each aLink In WebBrowser1.Document.All.tags("A")
        List1.AddItem aLink.href
    Next aLink

    Open App.Path & "\urllist.txt" For Output As #1
        For c = 0 To List1.ListCount - 1
            Print #1, List1.List(c)
    Close #1
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    WebBrowser1.Navigate "http://www.fatherofcents.com/"
End Sub

Download: Extracting Links in Visual Basic Extract-Links-VB6.zip