Section Symbol § in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Section Symbol §  can be typed into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Section Symbol  § is used for referencing numbered sections of a document, such as US legal code e.g “ 50 U.S. Code § 1861 “ .

§ in Footnotes

It can also appear as a footnote symbol when other symbols like * , †  and ‡ have already been used. In the Footnote and Endnote dialog | Format | Custom Mark choose § from the Symbol selector.

How Section Symbol § looks in different fonts.

Here’s some examples of how Section Symbol § looks in common Office fonts.

Section Symbol § codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Section Symbol or §

Decimal:  0167  Hex:   00A7

Web:  § or§ or §

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

Word and Outlook

The Section Symbol §  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.

Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut 00A7  + 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  Section Symbol symbol.


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

Alt + 21

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 Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   Search for “ Section Symbol “ 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.

Office for Mac has an ‘Advanced’ Insert Symbol feature which can display symbols like Section Symbol.

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