How to type the Cent symbol ¢ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook plus any Windows program.
Word and Outlook
The Cent ¢ symbol has an inbuilt shortcut in Word and Outlook:
Ctrl + /, C
Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing / then type C (upper or lower case).
Alternatively use the standard Alt + X Word symbol shortcut
Alt + X
Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.
Cent symbol can look different
The cent symbol varies depending on the font. Cent can have vertical strokes at top/bottom only, single vertical line, slanted line or occasionally, a double line.
Cent ¢ codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Cent symbol ¢
(The web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook
Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Cent symbol.
There’s also a reminder of the shortcut key (if any) assigned to that symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the degree character into any program but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 162 or
Alt + 00A2
Windows Character Map
The Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases.
Character Map has a search feature, something missing from the Insert | Symbol in Office.
MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters
Type cent on a Mac with
Option + 4 aka
Option + $.
On a Mac, press the
Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer. Search for cent and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.
Office for Mac has an ‘Advanced’ Insert Symbol feature which sucks (totally blows). Stick with the Apple Character Viewer instead.