shrug-l: Latitude Longitude Symbols

Sykes, John John.Sykes at dep.state.fl.us
Tue Feb 5 15:33:54 EST 2008


This is not a question but a hint.

When you need to enter the symbols for degrees minutes and seconds try this.

Degree symbol, °  - Hold down the Alt key and enter 0176 from the keypad
(NumLock must be on) release the Alt key and ° appears! (blue used for
emphasis).

These final two avoid using the apostrophe or quotation marks, which may be
reversed by MS Word and other programs when the program thinks you are typing
a quotation mark (so called “Smart Quotes” - see!).

Minute or prime symbol, ′ - Enter 2032 from the keypad (NumLock must be on),
then hold down the Alt key and type x (the 2032 will be changed to ′)

Second or double prime symbol, ″ - Enter 2033 from the keypad (NumLock must
be on), then hold down the Alt key and type x (the 2033 will be changed to
″)

The only problem is if the prime or double prime follows a number without a
space, the keystroke interpreter tries to interpret the entire number string,
which doesn’t work, so you might want to set up a custom shortcut key.

However, if you are patient, the end result looks like this.

21° 15′ 24.56784″ N
81° 24′ 14.64532″ W

Try this - set up a keystroke macro so you can generate  ° ′ ″N and ° ′
″W
Then, you can just fill in the degrees minutes and seconds.

-- John



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