Down arrow ↓ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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How to insert the Down arrow ↓  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Down arrow ↓  symbol is used for all sorts of things including a bullet symbol.

How Down arrow ↓ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Down arrow ↓ looks in common Office fonts.

Down arrow ↓ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Down arrow or ↓

Decimal:  8595  Hex:   2193

Web:  ↓ or ↓ or ↓

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

Word and Outlook

The Down arrow ↓  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2193  + 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  Down arrow symbol.

Windows

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

Alt + 8595  

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.

Or use the Hex code 2193 to jump straight to the Down Arrow.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Down arrow ↓ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “ Down arrow “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
  • Or go to the Arrows section from the left menu, then scroll down to Downwards Arrow.

Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.

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