Right arrow → symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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Insert the Right arrow →  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

The official Unicode name is ‘Rightward Arrow” →  but it can be called ‘Right pointing’ ‘Right facing’ or just ‘Right Arrow’.

Right arrow →  symbol is used in maths to mean a value approaches another value.  Commonly in formula like  x → 0   or  x → ∞  (infinity).

It’ll occasionally appear in other text. Talking Heads first single was called “Love → Building on Fire” to the confusion of the few radio DJ’s who played it.  It’s usually spoken as “Love goes to Building on Fire”.

How Rightward arrow → looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Rightward arrow → looks in common Office fonts.

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Rightward arrow → codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Rightward arrow or →

Decimal:  8594  Hex:   2192

Web:  → or → or →

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

Right Arrow and AutoCorrect

Word has a long-standing AutoCorrect entries to make another type of right arrow.

Typing a hyphen and Greater Than ( -> ) then Enter can start a bulleted list with a right-arrow as the bullet.  However, its Wingdings font, character 232 è which is thicker.

Two hyphens, Greater Than ( –> ) also inserts the Wingdings right arrow 224 à instead of the regular right arrow → in the current font.

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If you like, change the Autocorrect entry at File | Options | Proofing | AutoCorrect

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Alternatively use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2192  + 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 Rightward arrow symbol.

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Windows

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

Alt + 8594  

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 Rightward arrow → symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   
  • Choose ‘Arrows’ from left-side list.
  • There are more right pointing arrows than any sane person could ever need! The first one is the standard ‘Rightwards Arrow’.
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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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