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How to type Music Symbols on the keyboard (in MS Word)

This post will cover several methods for obtaining the Music Symbols in Microsoft Word, Windows, and Mac, including using keyboard shortcuts.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Music Symbols Alt Code Shortcuts (for Windows)

The below table contains all the alt code shortcuts for Music Symbols.

Below the table has all the instructions on how to type these characters on your keyboard with these Alt Codes.

Thus, browse through this table for the Music Symbol you want to type, note down the alt code, then follow the instructions below these tables to type it into your documents.

DescriptionMusic SymbolAlt Code
Quarter NoteAlt + 9833
Eighth NoteAlt + 9834
Beamed Eighth NoteAlt + 9835
Beamed Sixteenth NoteAlt + 9836
Music Flat SignAlt + 9837
Music Natural SignAlt + 9838
Music Sharp SignAlt + 9839

On Windows, alt codes like these are used to type symbols or characters that are not available on the keyboard.

This alt codes method works only in Microsoft Word on Windows, and it requires that your keyboard have a separate numeric keypad with Num Lock enabled.

Using this approach to type Music Symbols is extremely beneficial because it saves a significant amount of time when trying to type special characters like these.

The following are the detailed steps you can take to type this symbol on Windows using the Alt Code keyboard shortcut:

  • Open your Word document where the symbol is to be typed.
  • The cursor should be positioned in the desired location.
  • Press and hold on to one of your Alt Keys.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, use the numeric keypad on the right to type the Music Alt Code (see above table).
  • Release the alt key after typing the code.

As soon as you let go of the Alt key, the Music Symbol you choose will appear.

The following rules must be followed for the Music Alt Code to work.

  • Before typing the code, you must hold down the Alt key.
  • To type the alt code, you must use the numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.
  • The NumLock must be enabled because you are using the 10-key numeric keypad. When you turn off NumLock, the number keys become disabled, and you won’t be able to type any numbers.
  • If you’re using a laptop that doesn’t have a numeric keypad, you’ll need to activate the hidden numeric keypad first. On most laptops, you can turn it on by pressing the Fn + NmLk keys at the same time. A hidden numeric keypad isn’t found on every laptop. If it doesn’t appear in yours, you won’t be able to type symbols using the alt code method unless you connect an external keyboard with a numeric keypad or use the on-screen keyboard. Yet still, you can use the other methods discussed in this guide.
  • You should also be aware that, depending on the text editor you’re using, not all symbols can be typed with the alt code. Only Microsoft Word recognizes some of the alt codes.

Insert Music Symbols on Mac

You can also obtain the Music Symbols on Mac using the Character Viewer.

The Character Viewer is a place on Mac where you can add special characters and symbols to text, such as Music Symbols, math symbols, Latin characters, and pictographs.

Obey the following steps to insert these Music symbols on Mac.

  1. Place your cursor in the text area where you need to insert the symbol.
  2. Press Control + Command + Space bar to bring up the Character Viewer. Alternatively, choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols.
  3. Type the name of the Music sign in the search field at the top and press Enter. For example, type (Eighth Note) to get ♪.
  4. The symbol should appear. Kindly click on it to insert it into your text.

These are the steps you may use to insert this and any other symbol on Mac using the Character Viewer.

Insert Music Symbols from the Office Symbol Library

If using the keyboard isn’t your thing, there’s also a mouse-based method for getting the Music Symbols in Office apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

To explain the steps, we’ll use screenshots of Microsoft Word. You can, however, use the same method in Excel and PowerPoint.

Without further ado, here are the steps to take:

  • Launch MS Word or Excel or PowerPoint.
  • Place your cursor at the desired place.
  • Navigate to the Insert tab.
Go to the Insert tab
  • Click the Symbols button in the Symbols group, then select More Symbols from the drop-down menu.
More Symbols

The Symbol window will appear. It contains a gazillion of symbols which include all the Music Symbols.

  • Find the Music Symbols in the symbol library.

To easily locate these symbols, use the Subset dropdown list to display specific types of symbols. You can find the Music Symbols in the Miscellaneous Symbols group in the Subset list.

However, the fastest way to get this symbol is to type the Unicode 266A in the Character code text box. Once you type the Unicode, one of the Music Symbols will be filtered out and selected followed by the others.

  • To insert them into your document, simply double-click on them. Alternatively, click the Insert button after selecting the desired symbol.
  • Close the Dialog.

If you follow the above steps carefully, you can insert the Music Symbols in Word or any other symbol or character not available on the keyboard.

Copy and Paste Music Symbols

This is by far the simplest way to obtain any symbol, including Music Symbols.

You simply need to copy the symbol somewhere, such as a web page, and then press Ctrl + V after switching to the document where you need it.

If you have a Windows PC, the steps below will show you how to copy this symbol from the Character Map.

  • Search and Launch the Character Map app.
  • Near the button, select the Advance View checkbox to expand more Character map options.
Advanced view on Windows Character map

In the Advanced view, you will see a search box. In this search box, type in the name of the Music Symbol and press Enter. For example, type (Eighth Note) to get ♪.

  • The symbol will appear in the search results.
  • Simply double click on it and hit on the Copy button after it is selected in the Characters to copy text box.


Obtaining symbols like these Music Symbols that do not have keys on the keyboard can be difficult.

However, with the assistance of the methods and instructions discussed here, it should no longer be a difficult task.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this guide.