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The copyright symbol shortcut is: Ctrl+Alt+C

NOTE: This shortcut works only in MS Word. If you want a copyright symbol shortcut that works in all the office apps including Excel and Access, please use the following option.

To type a copyright symbol in Word using AutoFormat:

  • First Step: type the opening parenthesis
  • Second Step: type the letter C
  • Third Step: type the closing parenthesis.
  • Press the spacebar key

As soon as you type the closing parenthesis and hit the spacebar, the three characters you typed, (C) will change into a copyright symbol, ©. This is a very simple shortcut to type the copyright symbol in MS Word and the other office apps.

Copyright symbol AutoCorrect

Insert Copyright symbol in Word (Quick Help)

This table is your quick rescue. It contains the copyright symbol you can easily copy and paste into your work. It also has the copyright symbol Alt code as well as the keyboard shortcut.

Name Copyright
Symbol ©
Alt Code for Word 00A9
Shortcut (windows) for Word Ctrl+Alt+C
Shortcut (Mac) Option+G

To type the copyright symbol in Word using the Alt Code, first type the Alt code (00A9), then press Alt+X to convert the code to a copyright symbol. On Mac (Shortcut), press Option+G on the keyboard. On Windows (shortcut), use Ctrl+Alt+C.

The information above is just a quick way to type the copyright symbol into your Word document.

However, if you are not satisfied with this quick help, and want to explore some more details, below is a gradual process to insert the Copyright symbol, or any other symbol in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.

Few symbols are printed on the keyboard and you can insert those symbols by simultaneously pressing certain keys on the keyboard.

A lot of symbols, however, aren’t that easy to type since they are not printed on the keyboard. The Copyright symbol (©) is just one of them.

How to Insert Copyright symbol in Word

Today I am going to show you all the easy ways to insert the Copyright symbol (©) into your Word document.

NOTE: Even though I demonstrate using this symbol (©), the same method can be used to insert any other symbol into Word.

Below are the various ways available.

Option 1: Using the copyright Symbol shortcut

You can easily type the copyright symbol using shortcut keys on both Windows and Mac.

For Mac (Option+G): press and hold the option key, then press G.

For Windows (Ctrl+Alt+C): press and hold the Ctrl and the Alt keys then hit the letter C on the keyboard.

Option 2: using the Alt code

Every character or symbol in Word has a character code. With this character code, you can insert any symbol using with the Keyboard. It is popularly known as Alt code.

The Alt code for the Copyright symbol is 00A9

To insert this symbol © (using the Alt code), follow these three simple steps:

  • Place the insertion pointer at where you want to insert the symbol.
  • Type the Alt code – 00A9
  • Then press Alt+X to convert the code to the copyright symbol

As soon as you release the Alt code, the symbol (©) should be inserted into your document.

Copyright Symbol Alt Code

Option 3: Copy and paste the Copyright symbol

The copy and paste option can be the easiest way to insert the symbol into Word

Irrespective of the software you are working with, you can always copy and paste any symbol into your work.

Below is the Copyright symbol if you want to copy and paste it into your work:


Option 4: Using Insert Symbol Dialog

This method and the next doesn’t involve using the keyboard. Therefore, it can only be used in applications that have the insert symbol function such as Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.

Below are the steps to insert the copyright symbol using the Insert Symbol dialog.

  • On the Insert tab, click the Symbol button and Click More Symbols…
Go to Insert>Symbols>More Symbols

The Symbols dialog box will appear. It’s now time to look for the symbol you want to insert (the Copyright symbol).

  • Locate the Symbol

In the gallery of symbols, look for the copyright symbol by scrolling up or down using the scroll bar.

  • Click to select the symbol, and then click Insert. Alternatively, you can just double-click on the copyright symbol to insert it into your document, then close the dialog.
Select and insert the copyright symbol

This is how you may insert the Copyright symbol into Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Access using the insert symbol dialog.

Option 5: Using AutoCorrect

Another way to obtain the Copyright symbol is through the use of the AutoCorrect feature in Word.

It is a facility designed for correcting spelling mistakes. For example, if you type thsi Word will correct it to this.

Taking advantage of this feature, you can assign an AutoCorrect text to the Copyright symbol (such as CRT).

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

This approach is particularly useful when you need to frequently insert the symbol into your work.

Without further ado, below are the steps you can use to assign AutoCorrect text to symbols.

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

The Symbol dialog appears.

  • Locate the Copyright symbol, then click to select it.
  • Click on the AutoCorrect… button to display the AutoCorrect dialog.
copright symbol

In the AutoCorrect dialog box, enter the following:

  • In the Replace: box – enter CRT (or any text you want to assign to the symbol.
  • In the With: box – Enter ©
copyright symbol
  • Click Add, then click OK.

Word will automatically insert the Copyright symbol into your document whenever you type CRT.

Below are some few things to note though when you are using the AutoCorrect approach.

  • AutoCorrect is case sensitive. Meaning if you type crt (in lowercase), Word will not convert it into the Copyright symbol 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. For example, XCRT will not get converted, but X CRT    will get converted to X ©.

These are the available ways to insert or type the copyright symbol on your PC or Mac.