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Hot keys with AltGr for Windows 10

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My Windows 10 laptop has a Scandinavian keyboard. Very convenient, as I can write the letters æ ø å with ease and ä ö with a couple of keystrokes.

However, I am missing the quote symbols « and », and it would also be nice to be able to easily write the Icelandic/Old Norse Þ, þ and Ð ð.

I would be happy if I could assign the combinations AltGR + (z, x, t, d respectively) to these. The quote symbols are more important for me; the others would be just a nice bonus.

Autohotkey seems to be a good tool for such issues, but either I misunderstand something or it has problems with alt gr.

What is a reasonable safe and low-maintenance way of assigning AltGr+z to « and AltGR+x to », and if possible, the letters too?

I have a basic level of computer literacy, but very little experience with scripting or programming.

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Which keyboard exactly are you using? Moshi‭ 16 days ago

The keyboard is built-in into the laptop. (I have two Windows laptops.) I don't know if they have particular names or how to find those. On one of them in the deep reaches of the settings I find "Standard PS/2-tastatur" (where "tastatur" means "keyboard"), but this does not tell much. tommi‭ 14 days ago

@tommi I meant software side, that is, if you go to Language Settings > (language) > Options > Keyboards, which one do you have installed? Each software keyboard has its own set of keybinds. Eg. I have both English>US and English>US-International keyboards installed. The later of which has AltGr+[->« and AltGr+]->». There might be one for your language as well. Moshi‭ 14 days ago

Supposing this is the same as the keyboard layout/language, I typically use nynorsk, but could also use bokmål or dansk. These correspond to the actual keyboard and have æ, ø, å and ¨. tommi‭ 12 days ago

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Short of finding some program that does this, Windows has the built-in "alt codes". By pressing the Alt key and holding it while typing 4 digits, you can type symbols. The regular Alt, not AltGR.

You'll need a list of codes, such as this: https://altcodeunicode.com/

For example:

Alt 174 = «
Alt 175 = »
Alt 0222 = Þ
Alt 0254 = þ 
Alt 0208 = Ð 
Alt 0240 = ð 
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Actually, when I try to write those Unicode in Chrome. Holding Alt and writing them changes my Tab. Like if I type Alt+1 than, it will move to first tab. Istiak‭ 14 days ago

@Istiak‭ Some programs may have keyboard shortcuts that use Alt. These codes were never easy to work with, it's more of a last resort thing. Lundin‭ 14 days ago

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