You might think the simple ! exclamation mark is obvious in Microsoft Word or Office but there’s more possible even with this humble symbol.
We’ll show you ways to insert FIVE different exclamation marks into Office, as characters, symbols and emoji with infinite variations possible on those five base symbols.
We’re not including the inverted or Spanish exclamation mark ¡ among them.
Let’s start with the obvious exclamation mark but with options you may not have thought about.
Not that you’d often need the number codes because ! is a standard character available directly on most, if not all, keyboards.
As you can see, exclamation is only the second character in the ASCII list, just after the space and well before the numbers and letters.
There are all sorts of exclamation marks; fat, skinny, tall. short. Round ends, square ends, pointy ends. Square, round, oval dots.
Here’s a quick selection; same exclamation mark, same size and color, only the font is different.
Quite a selection and most of them are in-built Windows or Office fonts.
You’d normally use the same font as surrounding text. But for signs and other stand-alone purposes, the choice of exclamation is more important. For example, this PowerPoint slide.
Like any other character, Word can transform it with different colors, outline, shadow, glow or reflection effects.
There are more than one exclamation mark hiding in Word. Microsoft 365/Office 2019/2021 has Insert | Icons which includes another exclamation mark under Signs and symbols.
As an icon, there are many more formatting options available.
If that isn’t enough, there’s an exclamation emoji!
It’s available in Office with any emoji-capable font like Segoe UI Emoji.
In Word, get the Heavy Exclamation Mark emoji from Insert | Symbol, select a font with emoji symbols then type 2757 Unicode (hex) in the box.
Or type the Unicode value
Alt + X (see the old Alt + X trick).
You can change the color and look of the emoji symbol, just like any other Word character, see above.
Heart Exclamation Emoji
Another ‘exclamation’ emoji is ‘Heavy Heart Exclamation’.
2763 (Hex) in Word
2763 then Alt + X.
Double Exclamation Emoji
There’s a double exclamation emoji.
203C (Hex) in Word
203C then Alt + X.
Exclamation Question Mark
Finally, there’s an exclamation and question mark emoji.
2049 (Hex) in Word
2049 then Alt + X.