Up Down Arrow ↕ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Type the Up Down Arrow ↕ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac. 

Up Down Arrow ↕ symbol is a vertical line with arrowheads on both ends, pointing up and down. 

How Up Down Arrow ↕ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Up Down Arrow ↕ looks in common Office fonts. 

Up Down Arrow ↕ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Up Down Arrow or ↕ 

Decimal:  8597 Hex:   2195 

Web:  ↕ or ↕ 

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

Word and Outlook

The Up Down Arrow ↕ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word. 

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2195 + 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 Up Down Arrow symbol. 


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

Alt + 8597    

Window 11 Emoji Panel

The Windows 11 Emoji Panel has the Up Down Arrow↕.  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 Up Down 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 Up Down Arrow ↕ symbol: 

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.    
  • Search for “Up Down “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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