This is a comprehensive instruction that explains how to insert or type the paragraph Symbol or Pilcrow Sign () anyplace on your PC, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, whether you’re using the Windows or Mac keyboard. You’ll learn all of the simple approaches, including the shortcut for the paragraph Alt code.
NOTE: This is not a tutorial on how to show or hide the paragraph markings in Microsoft Word. It’s a tutorial on how to use your keyboard to insert or enter this symbol into your work. However, if you need help hiding and unhiding the Pilcrow/paragraph markers, please go here. Let’s get started without wasting any time.
For Mac, click the Option + 7 shortcuts to type the paragraph symbol anywhere on your PC or laptop keyboard (such as in Microsoft Word or Excel). If you’re using Windows, hold down the Alt key and use the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard to write 0182.
Everything you need to know about typing this symbol on Windows and Mac is in the table below. If you’re not pleased with this easy fix, keep reading because I’ll show you how to get the paragraph sign (or any other symbol) wherever on your Mac or Windows PC, such as in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
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Quick Guide For Typing The Paragraph Symbol (¶)
As you may be aware, the keyboard has several dual-purpose keys for both Windows and Mac. That is to say, there are symbols readily available on the keyboard as second keys. You may easily insert such symbols into your work by pressing two or more keys at the same time. The Ampersand (&) sign, for example, can be obtained by pressing Shift + 7 keys.
Other symbols, on the other hand, are not printed as second keys on the keyboard. This makes typing tough. The Pilcrow Symbol () is one of these symbols.
If you need to incorporate some of these symbols into your work on a frequent basis, typing becomes extremely challenging.
It doesn’t have to be difficult, though. Particularly now that you’ve finished reading this step-by-step tutorial.
How To Insert Pilcrow/Paragraph Symbol In Word/Excel
In the parts that follow, I’ll show you how to type or insert this symbol (Pilcrow – ) wherever on your Windows or Mac computer (such as Word or Excel, or PowerPoint).
In a few minutes, I’ll walk you through many methods for getting the Pilcrow () and any other symbol you might require.
To get started, hold down the Alt key and type 0182 on your numeric keypad. On a Mac, you may alternatively hit Option + 7.
However, without further ado, the approaches are described in full below.
1. Pilcrow Symbol Shortcuts
Option + 7 is the Mac shortcut for the Paragraph Symbol. There are various shortcuts in Windows, some of which are only useful in Microsoft Word. However, the Paragraph Sign has a Windows shortcut that works in all apps. Alt+0182 is the shortcut for the alt code (will be discussed in the next section).
For Microsoft Word, the shortcut for the paragraph symbol is 00B6, Alt X. This only works with Microsoft Word.
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Follow the steps below to utilize this on Windows (for Word):
- Put the insertion cursor in the proper location.
- Press Alt + X after typing 00B6 on your keyboard.
- The numbers will be converted to the paragraph symbol where the insertion pointer is placed.
The following is a breakdown of how to utilize the Mac shortcut for the paragraph symbol:
- To begin, position the insertion pointer where you want the symbol to appear.
- Using the Mac keyboard, press Option + 7 at the same time.
- On your Mac PC, this shortcut should automatically insert the symbol.
- In the next section, I’ll show you how to type the symbol on your keyboard using the Paragraph Symbol Alt Code.
2. Paragraph Symbol Alt Code
Every symbol in Word has its own code, which you may use to put into your document. This code is known as the “Alt code.”
The methods for typing this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above) are as follows:
- To use the numeric keypad, press the num lock key. On laptops without a numeric keypad, press Fn + NumLock to activate Num Lock.
- Using the numeric keyboard, press and hold the Alt key while typing 0182.
- Release the [Alt] key you pressed down after typing the Alt code (i.e. 0182).
3. Copy And Paste The Paragraph Symbol
To copy and paste the paragraph symbol into your work, click the icon below. Copy and paste is my preferred approach for inserting symbols.
All you have to do using this method is google the symbol you need to type, then copy it from one of the search results. Once you’ve copied and pasted the symbol into your page, you may always recopy and paste it as needed. To copy this symbol to your clipboard, click the button above.
On Windows, there is another way to copy this and any other symbol. It necessitated the use of the Windows Character Map. To use the character map to copy and paste any symbol, follow the steps below. By pressing the Start button, look for the Character map app.
In the search results, you’ll find the Character Map app. To get started, simply click on it. Type Pilcrow into the search box in the Advanced View section. The symbol you were looking for (the paragraph symbol) has now been added to the Character map. To select it, double-click it. In the Characters to the Copy text box, you’ll notice the symbol. This enables you to choose and copy many symbols at once.
Click the Copy button after selecting the symbol you want to copy.
Press Ctrl + V to paste the symbol anywhere you need it, whether in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Using the Character Map on Windows, you can copy and paste the paragraph sign.
4. Using Insert Symbol Dialog
This method is more complicated than the shortcut methods. It is, however, very straightforward. And once you’ve copied and pasted the symbol into your page, you can always copy and paste it again as needed.
The procedures for inserting the Paragraph Sign in Word using the insert symbol dialogue are listed below. Select the Insert tab from the drop-down menu. The Symbol dialogue box will appear after a few clicks. Find the Symbol you want to use and click it.
Look at the bottom of the Symbols window and put 00B6 in the Character code: field to quickly locate the paragraph symbol. After you type the code, the paragraph symbol you want to put will be picked.
Select the Insert option from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can put the symbol into your document by double-clicking on it. Close the window with a click. Using the insert symbol dialogue in Word, this is how you may insert the Pilcrow sign.