This is a step-by-step guide for inserting or typing the paragraph Symbol or Pilcrow Sign () anywhere on your PC, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, whether you’re using a Windows or Mac keyboard. You’ll learn all of the basic methods, including how to use the paragraph Alt code shortcut.
NOTE: This is not a Microsoft Word tutorial on how to reveal or hide paragraph markers. It’s a tutorial on how to insert or enter this symbol into your work using your keyboard. If you require assistance hiding and unhiding the Pilcrow/paragraph markers, please visit this page.
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To type the paragraph symbol anywhere on your PC or laptop keyboard, press Option + 7 on your Mac (such as in Microsoft Word or Excel). Hold down the Alt key and type 0182 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard if you’re using Windows.
The table below contains everything you need to know about entering this symbol on Windows and Mac.
If you’re not satisfied with this simple solution, keep reading because I’ll teach you how to get the paragraph sign (or any other symbol) in any application on your Mac or Windows PC, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Typing The Paragraph Symbol () In A Hurry
As you may know, the keyboard features various keys that may be used on both Windows and Mac. That is to say, there are symbols on the keyboard that can be used as second keys. By pressing two or more keys at the same time, you can quickly incorporate such symbols into your work. By hitting Shift + 7 keys, you can get the Ampersand (&) sign, for example.
Other symbols, on the other hand, are not printed on the keyboard as second keys. This makes it difficult to type. One of these symbols is the Pilcrow Symbol ().
Typing becomes quite difficult if you need to incorporate some of these symbols into your work on a regular basis.
However, it does not have to be complicated. This is especially true now that you’ve finished reading this step-by-step guide.
In Word/Excel, How Can I Insert The Pilcrow/Paragraph Symbol?
I’ll show you how to type or place this symbol (Pilcrow – ) wherever you want on your Windows or Mac computer in the sections that follow (such as Word or Excel or PowerPoint).
I’ll walk you through several approaches for getting the Pilcrow () and any other symbol you might need in a few minutes.
To begin, press and hold the Alt key while typing 0182 on your numeric keypad. Alternatively, on a Mac, press Option + 7.
The approaches are discussed in detail below without further ado.
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Shortcuts For The Pilcrow Symbol
The Mac shortcut for the paragraph symbol is Option + 7.
In Windows, there are a variety of shortcuts, some of which are only usable in Microsoft Word.
The Paragraph Sign, on the other hand, has a Windows shortcut that works in all apps. The shortcut for the alt code is Alt+0182 (will be discussed in the next section).
The shortcut for the paragraph symbol in Microsoft Word is 00B6, Alt X. This feature is only available in Microsoft Word.
To use this on Windows (for Word), follow the steps below:
- Place the insertion cursor where it belongs.
- After typing 00B6 on your keyboard, press Alt + X.
- Where the insertion pointer is positioned, the numbers will be translated to the paragraph symbol.
The following is a breakdown of how to use the paragraph symbol Mac shortcut:
- Place the insertion pointer where you want the symbol to appear to begin.
- Press Option + 7 at the same time on the Mac keyboard.
- This shortcut should immediately insert the symbol on your Mac PC.
I’ll show you how to type the symbol on your keyboard using the paragraph Symbol Alt Code in the next section.
Symbol Alternate Code For Paragraphs
In Word, each symbol has its own code that you may use to insert it into your document. The “Alt code” is the name for this code.
The following are the techniques for typing this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above):
- Press the num lock key to access the numeric keypad. To activate Num Lock on computers without a numeric keypad, press Fn + NumLock.
- While typing 0182 on the numeric keyboard, press and hold the Alt key.
- After typing the Alt code, release the [Alt] key you pressed down (i.e. 0182).
Paste And Copy Symbol For A Paragraph
Click the button below to copy and paste the paragraph symbol into your work.
When it comes to inputting symbols, I prefer to copy and paste.
Using this strategy, all you have to do is google the symbol you need to type and copy it from one of the search results. You can always recopy and paste the symbol once it’s been copied and placed on your page.
Click the button above to copy this symbol to your clipboard.
There is another technique to copy this and any other symbol in Windows. The use of the Windows Character Map was required.
Follow the steps below to utilize the character map to copy and paste any symbol.
Look for the Character map app by hitting the Start button.
The Character Map app can be found in the search results. Simply click on it to get started.
In the Advanced View section, type Pilcrow into the search box.
The paragraph symbol (which you were looking for) has now been added to the Character map. Double-click it to select it. The symbol can be found in the Characters to the Copy text box. This allows you to select and copy a large number of symbols at once.
After you’ve chosen the symbol you wish to copy, click the Copy button.
Ctrl + V will paste the symbol wherever you need it in MS Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
On Windows, you can copy and paste the paragraph sign using the Character Map.
Using Insert Symbol Dialog
This strategy is more difficult to master than the shortcuts. It is, however, really simple.
You may always copy and paste the symbol into your page as needed once you’ve copied and pasted it into your page.
The steps for utilizing the insert symbol dialogue in Word to insert the paragraph sign are listed below.
- From the drop-down menu, choose the Insert tab.
- After a few clicks, the Symbol dialogue box will display.
- Locate and click the Symbol you want to use.
To quickly discover the paragraph sign, look at the bottom of the Symbols window and type 00B6 in the Character code: field. The paragraph symbol you want to use will be selected once you write the code.
- From the drop-down menu, select the Insert option.
- You may also double-click on the symbol to insert it into your document.
- With a click, the window is closed.
This is how you may insert the Pilcrow sign in Word using the insert symbol dialogue.
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