Reference Mark ※ in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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Put the Reference Mark ※  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Reference Mark ※  or reference symbol is used in Asian writing (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) like the Asterix * in western languages. It marks some additional notes to text.  It’s called komejirushi (Japan) , chamgopyo (Korea) or slangily “danggujangpyo ” in Korean,

It’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for a different look in a document.  Reference Mark could be used for a bullet list or design element.

How Reference Mark ※ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Reference Mark ※ looks in common Office fonts. They can have either squares or circles; thick or thin lines.  Most commercial fonts have Reference Mark.

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Reference Mark ※ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Reference Mark or ※

Decimal:  8251  Hex:   203B

Web:  ※ or ※

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

Word and Outlook

The Reference Mark ※  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 203B  + 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  Reference Mark symbol.

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Windows

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

Alt + 8251  

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 Reference Mark ※ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “ Reference “ or just ‘refer’ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
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