Exclamation Question Mark ⁉ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

How to insert the Exclamation Question Mark ⁉  into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Exclamation Question Mark ⁉  symbol is used to show a combination reaction of excitement, emphasis and questioning.

How Exclamation Question Mark ⁉ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Exclamation Question Mark ⁉ looks in common Office fonts.

Exclamation Question Mark can appear as a colored symbol or black & white.

Exclamation Question Mark ⁉ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Exclamation Question Mark or ⁉

Decimal:  8265  Hex:   2049

Web:  ⁉ or ⁉

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

Word and Outlook

The Exclamation Question Mark ⁉  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2049  + 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  Exclamation Question Mark symbol.


In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Exclamation Question Mark ⁉  character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.

Alt + 8265  

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 Exclamation Question Mark ⁉ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “ Exclamation Question Mark “ 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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