Cent ¢ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook

How to type the Cent symbol ¢ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook plus any Windows program.

Cent ¢ shortcut Word and Outlook

The Cent  ¢  symbol has an inbuilt shortcut in Word and Outlook:

Ctrl + /, C

Hold down the Ctrl key while pressing  /  then type C (upper or lower case).

Alternatively use the standard Alt + X Word symbol shortcut A2  then Alt + X

Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.

Cent symbol can look different

The cent symbol varies depending on the font. Cent can have vertical strokes at top/bottom only, single vertical line, slanted line or occasionally, a double line.

Cent ¢ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Cent symbol ¢

Decimal: 162  Hex:   00A2

Web:   ¢ or ¢ or ¢

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

Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook

Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the Cent symbol.

There’s also a reminder of the shortcut key (if any) assigned to that symbol.


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

Alt + 162   or   Alt + 00A2

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

Type cent on a Mac with  Option + 4  aka Option + $.

On a Mac, press the Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer. Search for  ” cent ” 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.

Office for Mac has an ‘Advanced’ Insert Symbol feature which sucks (totally blows). Stick with the Apple Character Viewer instead.

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