How to insert the Double Vertical Bar ‖ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Double Vertical Bar ‖ symbol is used to represent norms in mathematics, (for example ). It can also be used to signify parallel lines. It can be used as a visual divider in Word designs.
How Double Vertical Bar ‖ looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Double Vertical Bar ‖ looks in common Office fonts.
Double Vertical Bar ‖ codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Double Vertical Bar or ‖
Decimal: 8214 Hex: 2016
Web: or ‖ or ‖
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word and Outlook
The Double Vertical Bar ‖ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2016 then 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 Double Vertical Bar symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Double Vertical Bar ‖ character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 8214
Double Vertical Bar is in the Emoji Panel under Symbols | General Punctuation the scroll down more than half-way.
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 a Mac, to enter the Double Vertical Bar ‖ symbol:
- Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.
- Search for “ Double Vertical Bar “ 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.