Type the Pilcrow Sign ¶ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook. Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.
Pilcrow Sign ¶ is a typographical symbol sometimes called a paraph, or blind P
In typography ¶ marks the start of a paragraph but in Microsoft Word the Pilcrow Sign ¶ marks the END of a paragraph. If you use the Show All command, each paragraph ends with ¶
Pilcrow ¶ is also the icon used for the Show/Hide button on Microsoft Word’s Home tab, Paragraph section.
¶ pilcrow has other uses:
- Citing a specific paragraph in legal documents and sometimes academic writings.
- Before instructions to the congregation (stand, sit, kneel) in an order of service.
- Proofreaders use ¶ to mark splitting one paragraph in two.
- In web publishing ¶ marks an anchor link
- ¶ is in the standard order of footnote marks (the sixth).
How Pilcrow Sign ¶ looks in different fonts.
Here’s some examples of how Pilcrow Sign ¶ looks in common Office fonts.
Pilcrow Sign ¶ codes
These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Pilcrow Sign or ¶
Decimal: 182 Hex: 000B6
Web: ¶ or ¶
(web codes aren’t used in Microsoft Office, we’ve included them for the sake of completeness.)
Word and Outlook
The Pilcrow Sign ¶ sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.
Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 000B6 + 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 Pilcrow Sign symbol.
In Windows there are several shortcuts to enter the Pilcrow Sign ¶ character into any program, but they use a numeric keypad, not the number row above the letters.
Alt + 182 ¶
Window 11/10 Emoji Panel
The Windows 10 Emoji Panel has the Pilcrow. Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel, go to Symbols then General Punctuation.
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 Pilcrow Sign ¶ symbol:
- Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.
- Search for “ Pilcrow “ and the Viewer should find the symbol you need.
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