Care of ℅ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

The Care of ℅  symbol can be typed into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Care of ℅  symbol is one of those useful symbols you’ll never see on a keyboard and have to go hunting for.  ℅ is used on envelopes and addresses, it refers to an intermediary responsible for transferring a piece of mail between the postal system and the final addressee. For example:

Jack Torrance
Overlook Hotel
Estes Park CO 80517

How Care of ℅ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Care of ℅ looks in common Office fonts.

Care of ℅ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Care of or ℅

Decimal:  8453  Hex:   2105

Web:  ℅ or ℅ or ℅

(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)

Word and Outlook

The Care of ℅  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2105  + Alt + X

Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the  Care of symbol.


In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Care of ℅  character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 2105

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

On a Mac, Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   Search for “ Care of “ 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.

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