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As some of you may already know, in order to type in special characters (like @, £, $, et cetera), you need to hold Ctrl and Alt. However, I tried several options in the Keyboard Layout and progressed nowhere. Holding Ctrl and Alt while pressing 2 so I can type @ does not work.

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Which keyboard layout setting are you using and what's the physical layout of your keyboard? -- As far as I'm aware Ctrl+Alt+<key> is a shortcut supported only by a select few systems. Alt-Gr is the usual special-chars-key. – user98085 Oct 17 '12 at 19:57
Oh, sorry, I never really used Alt Gr for anything before, it was very usual to press Ctrl + Alt. Alt Gr works just fine. Thanks. – Kristian Oct 17 '12 at 19:59
No need to be sorry. It obviously is working-as-intended: No need for you to memorize a different combination with Windows. – user98085 Oct 17 '12 at 20:05

Ctrl+Alt+? is only used when the keyboard layout doesn't include an Alt-Gr key, as such it is supported by Windows for emulation purposes (as in: keeping the functionality across multiple layouts).

Using the Alt-Gr+? combination is standard and should be supported by your keyboard layout.

(In extension to my comment)

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