Skip to content

Reference Mark ※ in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Put the Reference Mark ※ into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Reference Mark ※  or reference symbol is used in Asian writing (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) like the Asterix * in western languages. It marks some additional notes to text.  It’s called komejirushi (Japan) , chamgopyo (Korea) or slangily “danggujangpyo ” in Korean,

It’s worth keeping in mind if you’re looking for a different look in a document.  Reference Mark could be used for a bullet list or design element.

How Reference Mark ※ looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Reference Mark ※ looks in common Office fonts. They can have either squares or circles; thick or thin lines.  Most commercial fonts have Reference Mark.

Reference Mark ※ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Reference Mark or ※

Decimal:  8251  Hex:   203B

Web:  ※ or ※

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

Word and Outlook

The Reference Mark ※  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 203B  + 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  Reference Mark symbol.


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

Alt + 8251  

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 Reference Mark ※ symbol:

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.  
  • Search for “ Reference “ or just ‘refer’ 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.

Dagger † symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Double Dagger ‡ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Apple command ⌘ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
Section Symbol § in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

About this author

Office Watch is the independent source of Microsoft Office news, tips and help since 1996. Don't miss our famous free newsletter.