Male ♂, Female ♁ or ⚥ symbols in Word & PowerPoint

How to insert the Male ♂, Female ♁ or Male/Female combined ⚥ symbols in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

How Male. Female and combined symbols look in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how the Male, Female and combo signs look in common Office fonts in
Word 365.

Male, Female symbol codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the three symbols.  Use the Alt + X shortcut in Word for Windows, for example type 2641 then Alt + X to enter ♁

Or enter the value into Character Code fields in Symbol dialog boxes to jump to that symbol.

Male ♂   U+2642

Female ♁  U+2641

Male/Female combined ⚥  U+26A5

Quick access for commonly used symbols.

If you use a symbol often, a fast way to enter it is AutoCorrect.

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 Male symbol using Character Code 2642.  The Female symbol is next in the list.  Combo Male/Female is five rows down.

Windows Character Map

Similarly, 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 one of the hex character codes to jump to the right part of the list.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Male, Female or combo symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   
  • Search for “ Male “  or “Female” and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.  Look below all the emoji to see all the regular symbols.

The default male symbol has a vertical arrow, not the usual angled one which are listed as ‘Font Variation’.  No, we don’t understand either.

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

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