Pilcrow Sign ¶ emoji in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

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.

Windows

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.

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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.

Despite the name Character Viewer, the Apple system tool will also insert characters into any program, including Office for Mac.

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