Keyferret is a simple way to type characters that you don’t normally find on your keyboard, in any Windows application, using the Right Alt (AltGr) key. For example:
- Type “a” then RAlt+’ to get “á”
- Type “1/2” then RAlt+Space to get “½”
- Type “=” then RAlt+/ to get “≠”
- While holding down RAlt, keep pressing “d” to get “ð“, “°“ (degree), “†” (dagger), “‡” (double dagger), or “♦” (diamond), releasing when you have the symbol you want.
- It’s free.
- Interactive help: hold RAlt and it’ll show you what symbol you are inserting, or what other keys are available.
- Intuitively enter all characters required by any language using the Latin alphabet.
- Symbols for currencies, dashes, proper quotes, maths, arrows, subscripts/superscripts, ringed letters and numbers, and more.
- Implements selectable alternate layouts for entering IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) characters and Greek (modern and ancient).
- If you don’t press RAlt, your keyboard works just as before.
- If you’re up for it, you can edit the layout file to add other layouts, symbols and characters.
- Designed for US and UK keyboards. If you want it to work for other keyboards it should probably have a modified layout file.
- For good security reasons, it won’t work in an application with elevated security, such as an installer.
- It can only show characters in your font. If you enter a character not in the current font then programs will often do a good job of trying to find a substitute font, and although Microsoft Word has a habit of changing font permanently if it finds a really unusual character, Keyferret employs some tricks to try to stop that interfering with your typing.
- It can only replace characters you’ve just typed, because it works by remembering your most recent keypresses.