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What is an interrobang ‽ and how to use it in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint

Interrobang ‽ is a non-standard punctuation mark – a combination of a question mark and exclamation mark.

How Interrobang ‽ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Interrobang ‽ looks in common Office fonts.

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In the sixties, the interrobang was quite the thing in advertising agencies looking for something that would catch the eye and take up less space in ads. These days we’d normally use the question mark (interro) and exclamation (bang) separately. You can take your pick between:

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Interrobang ‽ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Interrobang or ‽

Decimal:  8253  Hex:   203D

Web:   ‽ or ‽

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

Word and Outlook

The Interrobang ‽  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 203D  + 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  nterrobang symbol.

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If you use it regularly, create a keyboard shortcut or an autocorrect entry.

Other sources for interrobang

Microsoft’s Wingdings 2 font has four versions of interrobang in characters 5E to 60.

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Windows Character Map

The Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases

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Character Map has a search feature, something missing from the Insert | Symbol in Office.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Interrobang ‽ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   
  • Search for “ Interrobang “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
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Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.

Spelling omission

The word Interrobang is in several dictionaries, including http://www.merriam-webster.com/ and is used in Word itself in the Insert Symbol dialog (see above). Yet interrobang wasn’t in the Word 2010 supplied dictionary for English US, UK or Australia. Never mind, it’s been added to modern Word.

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