Musical 𝅘𝅥𝅮  notes 𝅘𝅥𝅰  in Word, Excel and more

Type musical notes from breve 𝅜 (double whole note) to the semihemidemisemiquaver 𝅘𝅥𝅲  (128th note) in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook etc.

It’s possible to type musical notes and other notation in Word documents.  Full musical scoring isn’t practical (there’s other software). 

How musical notes look in different fonts.

Most fonts don’t include musical notes. The only common Office font that can help is Segoe UI Symbol. 

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There are specialist musical notation fonts such as Bravura (OpenType download) which has sans-serif versions of the notes. 

Musical note symbol codes

These are the important code numbers or values you’ll need to enter the three symbols.  Use the Alt + X shortcut in Word for Windows, for example type 1d160 then Alt + X to type 𝅘𝅥𝅮 


(double whole note) 𝅜 1d15c 

Whole Note

(semibreve) 𝅝 1d15d 

Half note

(minim) 𝅗𝅥 1d15e 

Quarter note

(crotchet) 𝅘𝅥 1d15f 

Eighth note

(quaver) 𝅘𝅥𝅮 1d160 

Sixteenth note

(semiquaver) 𝅘𝅥𝅯 1d161 

Thirty second note

(demisemiquaver) 𝅘𝅥𝅰 1d162 

Sixth fourth note

(hemidemisemiquaver or semidemisemiquaver) 𝅘𝅥𝅱 1d163 

One Hundred and Twenty eighth note

(semihemidemisemiquaver  quasihemidemisemiquaver) 𝅘𝅥𝅲 1d164 

Beamed Musical Notes

There are also symbols for some Beamed ♬ Musical Notes ♫ in Word, PowerPoint and More

Quick access for commonly used symbols. 

If you use a symbol often, a fast way to enter it is AutoCorrect. 

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

Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Insert | Symbols | Symbol should work but doesn’t because, at present, Office for Windows doesn’t support the high-numbered Unicode symbols. Word’s Find can’t find all Unicode symbols and emoji 

Windows Emoji Panel

The current Windows Emoji Panel (Windows 10 and 11) doesn’t support musical note symbols – ridiculous but sadly true. 

Windows Character Map

Like Office Insert Symbol the Windows Character Map accessory in all Windows releases does NOT support high-end Unicode characters like emoji or musical notes.

MacOS and Office for Mac inserting characters

On a Mac, to enter the Male, Female or combo symbol: 

  • Command + Control + Spacebar shortcut to open the Character Viewer.    
  • Search for “note’” 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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