Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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How to insert the Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮  symbol has been proposed to denote irony or sarcasm within text.  Or for rhetorical questions. It’s never really caught on.

The proper name for ⸮ is a Percontation point but most people say Reversed Question Mark.

Not to be confused with the Inverted or Spanish ¿ question mark.

How Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮ looks in common Office fonts.

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Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Reversed Question Mark / Irony or ⸮

Decimal:  11822  Hex:   2E2E

Web:  ⸮ or ⸮

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

Arabic Question Mark

There is also a ‘Arabic Question Mark’  (Unicode 061F) which is similar but usually raised higher.

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Word and Outlook

The Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2E2E  + 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 Reversed Question Mark / Irony symbol.

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Windows

In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮  character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 11822

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. In Character Map, the symbol is described as Reversed Question Mark.  It’s not in all fonts.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Reversed Question Mark / Irony ⸮ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.

Search for “ Reversed Question Mark“ or just “Question”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.

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