Yen ¥ symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Type the Yen ¥ currency symbol into Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.  Both in Office for Windows and Office for Mac.

Yen is used for Japanese currency and the Chinese Renminbi / Yuan. Microsoft Excel also offers the Yen symbol for Mongolia even though the tögrög currency uses another symbol. 

¥ symbol is easy on some keyboards but for most there’s no specific key for Yen.

How Yen looks in different fonts

Here’s some examples of how Yen ¥ looks in common Office fonts.

Word and Outlook

The Yen ¥  sign does NOT have an inbuilt shortcut in Word.  Use the standard Word Alt + X symbol shortcut

00A5 then Alt + X

or just

A5 then Alt + X

Once in a document you can copy it to AutoCorrect and make your own shortcut.

Yen ¥ codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the Yen or ¥

Decimal: 165  Hex:   00A5

Web:   ¥ or ¥ or ¥

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

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert | Symbols | Symbol and look for the  Yen symbol.

Excel display of Yen ¥ 

In Excel, currency symbols aren’t usually typed in, except perhaps for headings or other text cells.

To display a cell value as Yen, use the Currency or Accounting cell formats then choose the currency symbol from the drop-down menu.

If the currency or symbol isn’t there, go to Format Cells | Currency or Accounting where there’s a long, long list of currency symbols including six Yen options.


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

Alt + 165  

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.

Emoji Panel

The Windows 11/10 Emoji Panel has the Yen ¥ .  Use Win + . (period/fullstop) to open the panel.

Choose the Symbols tab (the third of the top row icons), then the Currency Symbols section.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, press Option + Y  to enter the Yen ¥ symbol.

Or  Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.   Search for ” Yen ” 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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