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Copyright symbol alt code [©] on Keyboard: Copy and Paste

The Copyright Symbol Alt Code is 0169.

Copyright alt code

Copy & Paste Copyright (©) Symbol

You can use the following button to copy and paste the Copyright Symbol into your Document.

Type Copyright symbol with Alt Code

Using the alt code, you can type the Copyright symbol (©) on any Windows keyboard or PC. Alt codes are designed to be used to type symbols that do not have a dedicated key on the keyboard. This is done by pressing and holding the Alt key whilst typing the alt code (0169 for the Copyright symbol) using the numeric keypad.

Copyright SymbolAlt Code

Obey the instructions below to type the Copyright symbol on a Windows PC using this alt code:

  • Step 1: Place your insertion pointer where you need to type the © symbol.
  • Step 2: Press and hold the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Step 3: Whilst you press and hold the Alt key, using the numeric keypad, type the Copyright symbol’s alt code (0169).
  • Step 4: Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code.
copyright symbol alt code illustration on keyboard

Note that you must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code (0169). You must also turn on your NumLock key to be able to use the numeric keypad. If you are using a Laptop that does not have the numeric keypad, you can press Fn+NmLk keys simultaneously to turn on the hidden numeric keypad for laptops with smaller keyboards. 

This is how you may use the Alt Code method to type the Copyright symbol anywhere on your Windows PC including Microsoft Word, Excel, One Note, Sticky Note, PowerPoint or even somewhere on your browser like  Docs or Word online.

Copyright Symbol Shortcut for Mac

The copyright symbol shortcut on Mac is Option+g. To type this symbol on your Mac computer, press and hold the Option key whilst you hit on the g key once on the keyboard.

Copyright shortcut Mac

Copyright symbol in word

To type the copyright symbol in Word, press Ctrl+Alt+C shortcut on your keyboard. Alternatively, type (c) and Word will use the AutoCorrect feature to insert the copyright symbol © for you.

Copyright SymbolShortcut in Word

Note: This copyright symbol shortcut works only in Microsoft Word for Windows. If you need this symbol in a different document other than Microsoft Word, you can use the Alt Code method, or the copy and paste method.

Copyright symbol in Excel

You can use the alt code method to type this symbol in Excel too.

There is a different method that also uses the alt code to get the Copyright symbol in Excel. It involved the use of the CHAR() function.

Obey the following instructions to use the CHAR function to insert this sign [©] in Excel:

  • In the first step, click to activate the cell that will contain the © symbol.
  • Next step, type =CHAR( and then add the Copyright symbol alt code. The complete formula should look like this: =CHAR(0169) OR =CHAR(169).
  • After typing this formula, press Enter for the results.
copyright in Excel

What if you don’t want only the Copyright symbol in the cell? Maybe you want the symbol to prefix the year, say © 2020.

Using the Concatenate feature in Excel, you can join both the CHAR function and the year in one cell. This way, you will get the name and the symbol both in the same cell.

See screenshot below:

copyright function in Excel

Let’s say we really want to type © 2020 into our cell. To do so, obey the steps below:

  • Select the cell that will contain the formula.
  • Type the Copyright symbol formula which is CHAR(169).
  • Now type the & operator, then the year in parenthesis “2020”. The & is the operator that joins the CHAR function and the year “2020”.
  • The complete formula should look like this: =CHAR(169)&” 2020″

After typing the formula, press the enter key to get © 2020 in the active cell.

NOTE: Using the alt code method discussed in the beginning, you can easily type the Copyright symbol anywhere including Word and Excel. However, the CHAR function is just an alternative way you can get the symbol in Excel.


Sunday 14th of March 2021

Fabulous! thank you.

Abarika Abdulai

Monday 15th of March 2021

You are welcome, Wayne. We are happy it helped you.