The inverted or Spanish exclamation mark ¡ is available in Microsoft Word, regardless of language setting. There’s even an in-built shortcut.
¡ is most commonly used in Spanish for the start of an exclaiming sentence.
As far back as the 1660’s there have been attempts to introduce ¡ inverted exclamation to denote irony. Despite its usefulness in some modern media (like texting or social media), it’s never caught on.
On a Spanish language keyboard the inverted exclamation mark is easily typed (usually AltGr + 1) .
This guide is mostly for people without a Spanish keyboard or who only occasionally need the inverted exclamation mark/point.
Inverted Exclamation Codes
Upside-down or inverted exclamation is part of the ‘old’ ASCII character standard and now part of Unicode.
In Microsoft Word, there’s a shortcut to type inverted exclamation:
Ctrl + Alt + !
In practice you’ll need four fingers Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 1
Or use the Alt + X trick: type
A1 then press
Alt + X
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