Tricks for typing the Copyright © into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Copyright © symbol isn’t on any keyboard but is so commonly used that there are special shortcuts available to type ©
Copyright © in Word and Outlook
The Copyright © has an inbuilt shortcut in Word for Windows only.
Ctrl + Alt + C
MacOS has a shortcut Option + g which works in any program, not just Office.
Word for Windows and Mac has this shortcut:
(c) or (C) convert to the © character.
This is setup by default in AutoCorrect
Copyright automatically with special name
Word’s Autocorrect can be used to ensure that a company or product name always has the © mark after it. For example the name ‘DaggDip’ should always be DaggDip© . Go to Tools | Options | Proofing | AutoCorrect to set that up.
You can setup the Autocorrect to insert the Copyright symbol normally © or as superscript ©
Copyright symbol with superscript
The copyright symbol can appear as regular text © or as a smaller superscript like this©
The standard Word shortcuts and Autocorrect insert a regular sized copyright symbol.
Quickly change to superscript using the Ctrl + Shift + + (hold down Ctrl and Shift then press the =/+ key).
If you prefer Copyright superscripted, change the default Word shortcut or AutoCorrect accordingly.
How Copyright © looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Copyright © looks in common Office fonts.
Copyright © codes
The copyright shortcuts are usually enough but here are the code numbers or values for the Copyright or © symbol.
Decimal: 169 Hex: 00A9
Web: © or © or ©
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Copyright symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Copyright © character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 169
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
As already noted, MacOS has an in-built shortcut Option + g which works in any program, not just Office.
On a Mac, to enter the Copyright © symbol:
- Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.
- Search for “ Copyright “ or just “ Copy” 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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