Upside-down or Spanish Exclamation mark in Word

The inverted or Spanish exclamation mark  ¡  is available in Microsoft Word, regardless of language setting. There’s even an in-built shortcut.

¡  is most commonly used in Spanish for the start of an exclaiming sentence.

As far back as the 1660’s there have been attempts to introduce ¡ inverted exclamation to denote irony.  Despite its usefulness in some modern media (like texting or social media), it’s never caught on.

On a Spanish language keyboard the inverted exclamation mark is easily typed (usually AltGr + 1)

This guide is mostly for people without a Spanish keyboard or who only occasionally need the inverted exclamation mark/point.

See also Explore five (yes FIVE) different Exclamation Mark ! in Word

Inverted Exclamation Codes

Upside-down or inverted exclamation is part of the ‘old’ ASCII character standard and now part of Unicode.

ASCII:  161  (decimal)

Unicode: 00A1  or A1 (hex)   0161 (decimal)

HTML:  ¡

Word Shortcut

In Microsoft Word for Windows, there’s a shortcut to type inverted exclamation:

Ctrl + Alt + ! 

In practice you’ll need four fingers  Ctrl + Alt + Shift + 1

Or use the Alt + X trick:  type A1 then press Alt + X

Mac shortcut for ¡

On Mac computers there’s a shortcut to type inverted exclamation in any app, not just Word.

Option + 1

Just two fingers needed.

Explore five (yes FIVE) different Exclamation Mark ! in Word

The Old Alt + X trick

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