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How to Type Copyright Symbol on Keyboard (with Shortcuts)

This article contains several methods you can use to type or insert the copyright symbol anywhere like Microsoft Word or Excel, whether you are using the Windows keyboard or Mac.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Copyright C symbol Quick Help (Shortcuts)

To type the Copyright Symbol anywhere (like in Word or Excel), press Option + G shortcut for Mac. If you are on Windows, simply press down the alt key and type 0169 using the numeric keypad on the right side of your keyboard. Also, you can press Ctrl + Alt + C shortcut on Microsoft Word.

The table below contains all the details you need to type this symbol on both Windows and Mac.

Symbol NameCopyright
Alt Code0169
Windows ShortcutAlt + 0169
Shortcut for MacOption + G
Shortcut for WordCtrl + Alt + C

Whether you are using Windows or Mac, the above information is all you need to get the Copyright C sign into your Word/Excel document.

However, if you are not satisfied with this quick help, keep reading below as I will explain in detail, how to insert the Copyright symbol or any other symbol anywhere on your Mac or Windows PC like in MS Word or Excel.

As you may already know, there are several symbols readily available as second keys on the keyboard. Just by pressing a few keys simultaneously, you can easily insert such symbols into your work. For instance, pressing Shift + 2 keys give you the @ symbol.

However, other symbols aren’t printed on the keyboard as second keys. This makes it difficult to type. One of these symbols is the Copyright symbol or Copyright C sign (©).

Typing becomes very tough for you if you need to insert some of these symbols regularly into his work.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Especially now that you are reading this guide.

Insert Copyright symbol in Word/Excel

In this tutorial, I will show you all the easy ways to insert the symbol (©) anywhere on your Windows or Mac PC (such as Word or Excel or PowerPoint).

In a couple of minutes, I’ll explain several methods you can use to get this (©) and any other symbol as and when the need arises.

Without any further ado, let’s get to work.

Method 1: Copyright Symbol Shortcuts (Windows and Mac)

The Copyright Symbol Shortcut for Mac is Option + G.

Windows has several shortcuts, some of which works only in Microsoft Word.

However, the Windows shortcut for the Copyright Symbol that works across all applications is the alt code shortcut which is Alt+0169 (will be discussed in the next section).

copyright symbol shortcuts

The Copyright Symbol shortcut for Microsoft Word is Ctrl + Alt + C.

This shortcut works in Microsoft Word Only.

Below is a breakdown on how to use the copyright symbol shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to insert the symbol.
  • Now, using the Mac keyboard, Press Option + G simultaneously.
copyright c symbol shortcut

This shortcut should insert the symbol for you on your Mac PC.

To use the copyright symbol shortcut on Windows (for Microsoft Word), obey the following instructions:

  • Place the insertion pointer at the right place.
  • Using your Windows keyboard, press Ctrl + Alt + C shortcut on your keyboard.

This shortcut will insert the copyright c symbol at where you place the insertion pointer.

In the next section, I’ll show you how to use the Copyright Alt Code to type the symbol on your keyboard.

Method 2: Copyright C Symbol Alt Code (Windows)

The Copyright (©) Symbol Alt Code is 0169.

Every symbol in Word has a unique code that you can use to insert the symbol into your document. This code is well known as “Alt code”.

Below are the steps to type this symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code provided above:

  • Press the num lock key to enable the numeric keypad. Use Fn key + NumLk keys to turn on Num Lock on laptops without the numeric keypad.
  • Press and hold on one of the Alt keys and type the alt code (0169) using the numeric keypad.
  • After typing the Alt code, release the [Alt] key.
copyright alt code

As soon as you release the Alt Key, the Copyright (©) symbol should appear in your document.

Method 3: Copy and paste Copyright symbol

Use the button below to copy and paste the copyright symbol for your work.

My favorite method for inserting symbols I don’t know how to type is copy and paste.

With this method, all you need to do is google the symbol you need to type, then copy it from one of the search results provided. Once you get the symbol into your document, you can always recopy and paste it as and when the need arises.

Use the button above to get this symbol on your clipboard.

There is another way to copy this and any other symbol on Windows. It involved using the Windows Character Map.

Obey the steps below to copy and paste any symbol using the character map.

  • Search for the Character map app by clicking on the Start button.
  • The Character map app will show up in the search results. Click on it to launch.
search for character map
  • After the Character Map window opens up, click to check the Advance View checkbox to expand the window for more advanced options.
Advanced view of the Character map dialog box
  • On the Advanced View section, type copyright in the search box.
  • The symbol you searched for (i.e. copyright symbol) will now appear on the Character map. Double click on it to select it. You’ll see that the symbol appears in the Characters to copy text box. This allows you to select and copy several symbols at the same time.
copy and paste copyright symbol
  • After selecting the symbol, you wish to copy, click on the Copy button.
  • Switch over to wherever you need the symbol, whether in MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint, and press Ctrl + V to paste.

This is how you may copy and paste the copyright c sign using the Character Map on Windows.

Method 4: Using Insert Symbol Dialog

This approach isn’t as straight forward as the shortcut methods. But it’s fairly simple.

And once you get the symbol into your document, you can always copy and paste it again as and when you need it in your work.

Below are the steps to insert the Copyright symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

  • Go to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • On the Insert tab, click the Symbol button and choose More Symbols…
More Symbols

These few clicks will bring up the Symbol dialog box.

  • Locate the Symbol you want to insert.

To easily find the Copyright symbol on the Symbols window, look at the top right area of the dialog and select Latin-1 Supplement in the Subset: drop-down list. The Copyright symbol you want to insert is in this category of symbols and should appear.

  • Select the symbol, and then click on the Insert button.
Insert copyright symbol in Word or Excel

Alternatively, double-clicking on the symbol will also insert the symbol into your document.

  • Click the Close button.

This is how you may insert a Copyright symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog.

Method 5: Word’s AutoCorrect for the Copyright Sign

You can also type the Copyright Symbol using the AutoCorrect feature in Word.

It is a feature in MS Word designed for correcting spelling mistakes like thsi to this.

Using this AutoCorrect Feature, you can assign a short code to the Copyright symbol (such as CRT).

This way, whenever you type the text CRT, Word will think that you actually wanted to type © and will convert it into the Copyright symbol for you automatically.

See illustration below:

copyright symbol custom shortcut

What makes this method interesting is that you can assign your own shortcut or shortcode to the symbol and Word will be more than glad to insert the symbol whenever you type the code.

Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to type Copyright symbol in Word using AutoCorrect.

  • Go to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • On the Insert tab, go to Symbol and then click More Symbols… The Symbol windows will appear as shown in the below screenshot.
copyright symbol autocorrect
  • Locate the Copyright symbol, then click to select it.
  • Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect window.
  • In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:

Replace: CRT

With: ©

creating custom copyright shortcut in Word
  • Click Add, then the OK button.

Now, word will automatically insert the Copyright symbol into your document whenever you type CRT.

copyright symbol custom shortcut

However, below are some few things to note when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Copyright sign.

  • AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type crt (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into the Copyright C sign unless you type CRT (in uppercase).
  • If there is any text before or after the AutoCorrect text, Word will consider the AutoCorrect text as part of the text and hence will not convert it to the Copyright symbol. For example, XCRT will not get converted, but X CRT will get converted to X ©.


As you can see, these are the various ways you may insert or type the Copyright C sign or symbol in Word/Excel with or without using the keyboard.

My favorite method is using the copy and paste method followed by the copyright symbol shortcut in Word for both Windows and Mac. The Alt Code method also comes handy.

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