TwitterKeys ☛ Making ♥ Hearts, ✿ Flowers, and ☂ Umbrellas, Oh My!

While following The Knotty Bride and the rest of your friends on Twitter, you may have noticed that many of us use the occasional ♥ symbol, among a number of other neat little keyboard characters that many call, “TwitterKeys.”


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Below, I’ve written a few phrases into my Twitter text box, as an example:

(Warning: when combined in a single tweet, these phrases may go to your sweetie’s head, potentially bringing out a latent God-complex.  It is recommended that you break them up into four separate tweets, with at least 72 hours between tweets.)

TwitterKeys in action!

So, if you don’t know the trick yet, you might want to find out how you, too, can show a little extra style in your tweets…

For Mac Users:

First, click in the space where you would like to insert your symbol.

Next, go to Edit, and select Special Characters from the drop-down.  A Character Palette box will appear; choose Miscellaneous from among the list of Categories, and whoop, there it is… every neat little keyboard symbol you could possibly want is somewhere within the many categories you’ll see listed.  Once you’ve discovered the perfect symbol for your needs, just click Insert, located in the lower right corner of the Character Palette box, and voilà !

For Windows/PC Users:

This involves the ALT key, and one of the numbers on your numeric keypad (which is on the right hand side of your keyboard, not along the top).  For the heart symbol, all you have to do is hold down the ALT key and the number 3 key at the same time (ALT + 3), and you’ll get a ♥!  It’s a cake walk, people.

Using a laptop?  No problem.  Just a quick initial step, then just follow the directions above.  First, you’ll need to activate the numeric keypad, by hitting the Function (fn) and Number Lock (num lock) keys.  Like I said, once the numeric keypad is activated, you’re all set to make those symbols.

Some examples:

ALT + 1 = ☺
ALT + 2 = ☻
ALT + 3 = ♥
ALT + 4 = ♦
ALT + 5 = ♣
ALT + 6 = ♠
ALT + 7 = •
ALT + 8 = ◘
ALT + 9 = ○

There are tons more.  Just play around!

I got pretty excited over these adorable little symbols when I first saw them, and couldn’t wait to find out how to do it myself.  Have lots of fun with it – there seems to be symbol for nearly everything!

Love all of this...