Up arrow ↑ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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

The upwards arrow ↑ symbol is used for various purposes. It can notate a mathematical symbol for ‘undefined’,  for very large integers or in medical notation it can mean increased.  Of course, there are plenty of uses in graphics and design elements especially in Word and PowerPoint.

How Upwards arrow ↑ looks in different fonts. 

Here are some examples of how Upwards arrow ↑ looks in common Office fonts. 

Upwards arrow ↑ codes 

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Upwards arrow or ↑ 

Decimal:  8593 Hex:   2191 

Web:  ↑ or ↑ or ↑ 

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

Word and Outlook 

The Upwards arrow ↑ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word. 

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2191 + 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 Upwards-arrow symbol. 

Windows 

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

Alt + 8593    

Window 11 Emoji Panel 

The Windows 11 Emoji Panel has the Upwards arrow symbol.  Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel. 

Choose the Symbols tab (the fifth of the top row icons), then the Geometric Symbols section. To find the Upwards arrow, scroll down the list. 

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 Upwards arrow ↑ symbol: 

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.    
  • Search for “Upwards arrow “ or just ‘upw’ 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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