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Double Vertical Bar ‖ in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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 ||x||). 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  

Emoji Panel

Double Vertical Bar is in the Emoji Panel under Symbols | General Punctuation the scroll down more than half-way.

See Emoji Panel is part of Windows 10 that totally sucks

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.

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