Trademark symbol keyboard shortcut in Word:
How to type ™ in MS Office
To type a trademark symbol in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access or PowerPoint) using the keyboard:
- Open the document in which you want to type the symbol.
- Place the insertion pointer at the location you want the trademark symbol to be inserted.
- Type (tm)
- Press the space bar key on your keyboard.
- As soon as you hit the space bar key, the ™ symbol will be inserted into your document.
These steps just show how to type ™ using the AutoCorrect feature in Microsoft Office.
Now let’s explore some more ways to perform this task.
What is a trademark Symbol?
The trademark symbol (™) is a symbol to indicate that the preceding mark is a trademark. It is usually used for unregistered trademarks, as opposed to the registered trademark symbol (®) which is reserved for trademarks registered with the appropriate government agency.Wikipidia.org.
What is a Trademark?
A symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product.Lexico.com
The table below contains the Trademark symbol which you can copy and paste into your document. It also has the Alt code as well as the keyboard shortcut.
The above information contains all you need to insert or type the trademark symbol into Microsoft Office.
If you are not satisfied with this quick help, below are some more detailed ways to type or insert the trademark symbol in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
There are some symbols readily available as second keys on the keyboard. By pressing some few keys simultaneously, you can easily insert such symbols into your work.
Other symbols, however, cannot be easily seen on the keyboard. One of these symbols is the Trademark symbol (™).
Typing becomes cumbersome for the typist if he or she needs to insert this symbol regularly into his work.
But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Especially after reading this guide
Trademark symbol in Word
In this section, I have shown you the easy ways you can use to insert a Trademark symbol (™) into Word.
So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Insert the Trademark symbol with Alt code
Every symbol in Word has a shortcode which you can use to insert the symbol into your Word document. This code is popularly known as Alt code.
The Alt code for the Trademark symbol is 2122.
To type the trademark symbol on your keyboard (using the Alt code):
- Open your Word document
- Place the insertion pointer at where you want to insert the symbol.
- Type the Alt code (2122)
- Then press Alt+X to convert the code into a Trademark symbol.
After pressing the Alt+X hotkeys, the code (2122) will get converted into a trademark symbol.
As soon as you press Alt+X after typing the code, Word will convert those numbers into a Trademark symbol.
Copy and paste the Trademark symbol
Inserting symbols into your document can be a simple copy and paste action.
You can copy and paste it again if you have already inserted it into your document. Or you can copy it from elsewhere like a webpage.
Below is the Trademark symbol if you want to copy and paste it into your work:
Insert a trademark symbol in Excel/PowerPoint/Word
Using the insert symbol dialog box, you can insert any symbol into your document, be it Excel, PowerPoint or Word.
This approach isn’t as straight forward as the previous ones. But it’s fairly simple.
And once you get it into your document, you can always copy and paste it again as and when you need it.
To insert this or any other symbol in Word using the insert symbol dialog, obey the instructions below:
- Go to Insert>Symbols>More Symbols…
These few clicks will display the Symbol dialog box. Now it’s time to look for the symbol you want to insert.
- Locate the trademark Symbol in the Symbol dialog
Scroll up or down until you see the symbol you want to insert.
- Select the symbol, and then click Insert.
Alternatively, you can just double-click on the symbol to insert it into your document.
- After inserting, close the Symbol dialog box.
This is how you may insert this symbol or any other symbol in Word/Excel/PowerPoint using the insert symbol dialog.
Using AutoCorrect to type the Trademark symbol
Another way to get this symbol is through the AutoCorrect feature in MS Office.
This option also applies to MS Word/Excel/PowerPoint.
It is a feature in MS Office for correcting spelling mistakes like thsi to this.
Using this feature, you can assign a shortcode to the Trademark symbol (such as TMSYM)
This way, whenever you type the text TMSYM, Word will think that you actually wanted to type ™ and will automatically convert it into the Trademark symbol.
What makes this approach interesting is that you can assign any code you want to the symbol and Word will be more than glad to insert it for your whenever you type the code.
Already, MS office has some default AutoCorrect text for some of the symbols.
The default AutoCorrect text for the trademark symbol is ™.
As soon as you type (tm) into your document, MS Office will convert it into a trademark symbol.
However, you can assign your own AutoCorrect text to any symbol of your choice.
Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to type the Trademark symbol in Word using a custom AutoCorrect text.
- Go to Insert>Symbols>More Symbols…
The Symbol dialog appears.
- Locate the symbol, then click to select it.
- Click on the AutoCorrect button to display the AutoCorrect dialog.
In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:
- Replace: TMSYM (or any code you want to assign to the symbol.
- With: ™
- Click Add, then click OK.
Word will automatically insert the Trademark symbol into your document whenever you type TMSYM.
Below are some few things to note though when you are using the AutoCorrect Method to insert the Trademark sign.
- AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type tmsym (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into A Trademark symbol unless you type TMSYM (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 Trademark symbol. For example, XTMSYM will not get converted, but X TMSYM will get converted to X ™.
These are the various ways you can type the trademark symbol in Word, Excel or Powerpoint.