Can I simply use Alt+nnnn to add special characters to captions?

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I'd like to use special characters such as em-dashes (—) in my captions, but I can't get the Alt+number sequence to work. I always get an error beep. So I have to copy and paste from the Character Map or other application. Am I missing something simple?
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Mary Vivit

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Mary,

I'm not exactly sure what it is you are trying to do.
Create a numbered list?

Can you give me a bit more information?

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Joe Morgan

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An em-dash is a dash that is the same width as the letter "m"

This is the Windows shortcut for creating a em"" dash. I will now type the numbers 0151 while holding the Alt key. — — — This only works when using the numbers pad on an extended keyboard. The numbers above the letter keys won't work for this technique.

There is also a "N" dash that useds the code Alt. 0150.  – – – 

Here is ALt.+ 0154.............. š
Here is ALt.+ 0152.............. ̃

It won't work in the captions section. I tried quite a bit last night and couldn't get anywhere.

The shortcut works when creating a text callout in Camtasia.
You can then  copy and paste a em—dash  using the text box as your source.  

Regards, Joe
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Mary Vivit

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Thanks for the interest and follow up, Kelly and Joe. I'm "power captioning": using tabs/returns/etc. to listen and type the text. I have a text file with manifests and settings documentation I keep open all the time I work on a project. I think I'll just add the most commonly used extended characters for easy copy and paste. Thanks, again for verifying I'm not insane (about this ;) ).


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