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How to quickly insert symbols into documents

You can quickly insert frequently used symbols into most documents (spreadsheets, word docs, powerpoint etc) by holding down the left ‘alt’ key on your keyboard and typing the character code. For example, if you were to open a Word document, hold down ‘Alt’ and type 246 on your numberpad you will see a division symbol (÷) These symbols are also subject to the same formatting as regular text so you can change the colours and size of the symbols in the same way you would change text. Below are some symbol codes you may find useful;

Symbol Press these keys Description
÷ Alt+246 Division
± Alt+241 Plus or Minus
¼ Alt+0188 Quarter
½ Alt+0189 Half
¾ Alt+0190 Three quarters
² Alt+0178 Squared
³ Alt+0179 Cubed
° Alt+248 Degree
Alt+0133 Horizontal Ellipsis
µ Alt+230 Micro
Alt+0128 Euro
¥ Alt+157 Yen
Alt+20 Paragraph
Ø Alt+0216 Diameter
¡ Alt+0161 Inverted Exclamation Mark
© Alt+0169 Copyright Sign
® Alt+0174 Registered Sign
Alt+0153 Trade Mark Sign
Alt+10008 Cross
Alt+10004 Tick
÷ Alt+246 Division
± Alt+241 Plus or Minus
¼ Alt+0188 Quarter
½ Alt+0189 Half
¾ Alt+0190 Three quarters
Alt+240 Exactly Identical
Alt+247 Approximately equal
Alt+242 Greater than or equal
Alt+243 Less than or equal
Alt+251 Square Root
Alt+252 Power n
² Alt+0178 Squared
³ Alt+0179 Cubed
π Alt+227 Pi
° Alt+248 Degree
Alt+2368 Infinity
µ Alt+230 Micro
Σ Alt+228 Sum
Alt+23 Up/Down Arrow
Alt+24 Up Arrow
Alt+25 Down Arrow
Alt+26 Right Arrow
Alt+29 Right/Left Arrow
Alt+0128 Euro
α Alt+224 Alpha
ß Alt+225 Beta
δ Alt+235 Delta
Ω Alt+234 Omega
Alt+16 Point Right
Alt+17 Point Left
Alt+254 Stop
Alt+30 Point Up
Alt+31 Point Down
Alt+20 Paragraph
Alt+3 Heart
Alt+8635 Clockwise Open Circle Arrow
Alt+8634 Anticlockwise Open Circle Arrow
Ø Alt+0216 Diameter
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