Identical To ≡ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert the Identical To ≡ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Identical To ≡ symbol, also known as the triple bar, is a mathematical symbol. The three lined symbol means that something is identical or like another value, but this does not mean that is exactly the same as equals.

You can use the triple bar as a design element such as many in a row ≡≡≡≡≡≡≡≡ as a section divider.  Or as a different bullet in lists.

How Identical To ≡ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Identical To ≡ looks in common Office fonts.

Identical To ≡ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Identical To or ≡

Decimal:  8801 Hex:   2261

Web: ≡ or ≡

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

Word and Outlook

The Identical To ≡ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 2261  + 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 Identical To symbol.


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

Alt + 8801  

Window 11 Emoji Panel

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

Choose the Symbols tab (the fifth of the top row icons), then the Math Symbols section.  To find the Identical To symbol, 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 Identical To ≡ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “Identical To “ 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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