Christian Cross choices in Word, Excel, PPT and emails

There are various options for inserting a Christian or Latin Cross symbol into Office documents like Word, Excel, PowerPoint or emails.

Office is surprisingly secular in its selection of icons and other stock images.  There’s no cross/crucifix option in the modern Office Icon collection.  Easter Bunnies and Christmas Trees, yes.   Crosses, no.

Perhaps that’s because there are some cross symbols available in the Windows / Office symbol fonts?  And there’s plenty of nice cross options available online in the flexible SVG format.

Christian / Latin Cross in fonts

Unicode has three different Christian or Latin Cross symbols.  All can be entered into Office documents via Insert | Symbol or Alt + X in Word for Windows. Use the U+ values below to quickly enter the symbol

As usual, the symbol looks different depending on the font.

Latin Cross

Unicode  U+271D     

Shadowed White Latin Cross

Unicode U+271E       

Outlined Latin Cross

Unicode U+271F

Wingdings has Latin Crosses

Wingdings is an old symbol font supplied by Microsoft. It has two Latin Crosses – plain and shadowed.

It’s not a Unicode based font so special codes apply.

Insert | Symbol, choose the Wingdings font then jump to character codes 85 or 86. Or type capital U or V then change the font to Wingdings.

Icon / SVG crosses

Microsoft 365 / Office 2019 Icon collections don’t have any religious crosses at all.  Plenty of secular X options though …

This isn’t a deliberate “War against Christmas” slight by Microsoft.  More likely it decided to stay away from any religious symbols to avoid any controversy.  We’re not kidding, back in 1992 there was a Swastika tempest in a teapot foolishly accusing Microsoft of anti-Semitism over the Wingdings font.

There are plenty of SVG graphics available online. See Finding more SVG or Icons for your Office documents . Icons is Microsoft’s name for the wonderfully flexible SVG graphic format.

Remember that SVG graphics can be recoloured easily. Look for a design you like then change the colouring to suit. See Edit options for SVG Icons in Office 365/2019

Wikipedia has an ornate Crucifix.

Wikimedia has three Latin Cross choices.

Christian Cross (left)

Gold Christian Cross (centre)

Golden Christian Cross (right)

Or this selection of many designs in a single SVG file.  You can crop the image down to just the image you want.  SVG source or the main page and scroll down the page to choose the format you want. 

In all cases there are multiple formats available.  Choose SVG for modern Office 365/2019, PNG for older versions or other image editors.

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