Psi upper Ψ or lower ψ symbols in Word and Office

How to insert the Psi upper case Ψ, and Psi lower case ψ symbols in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. 

Psi (uppercase Ψ / lowercase ψ) is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. The symbols are commonly used within physics to represent wave functions in quantum mechanics, or even representing psychology, or psychiatry.

How Psi symbol looks in different fonts. 

Here’s some examples of how the Psi upper case and Psi lower case symbols look in common Office fonts in Word 365.

Psi uppercase and lowercase symbol codes 

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the two symbols.

Use the Alt + X shortcut in Word for Windows, for example type 03A8 then Alt + X to enter Ψ.  

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

Psi uppercase symbol Ψ                          U+ 03A8

Psi lowercase symbol ψ                          U+ 03C8

 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 Psi symbols using Character Code 03A8 or 03C8.

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. 

Windows Emoji panel

The Windows 10 Emoji Panel has the Psi symbol Ψ.  Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel.

Choose the Symbols tab (the third of the top row icons), then the Language Symbols section which is marked by the capital Ω Omega.  To find the Psi letters, scroll down the list.

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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 “Psi“ should find the symbol you need as the first result. 

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

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