How to insert the Currency ¤ or scarab symbol into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Currency ¤ symbol is used to denote an unspecified currency. It’s the generic sign you could use if the correct symbol isn’t available. It doesn’t seem to be used a lot.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘scarab’ symbol.
How Currency ¤ looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Currency ¤ looks in common Office fonts.
Currency ¤ codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Currency or ¤
Decimal: 164 Hex: 00A4
Web: ¤ or ¤ or ¤
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word and Outlook
The Currency ¤ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 00A4 + 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 Currency symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Currency ¤ character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 164
Windows Character Map
The Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases
Character Map has a search feature, something missing from the Insert | Symbol in Office.
MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters
On the MacOS Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer. Search for “ Currency “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need. Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.