The copyright symbol is often used by content creators worldwide and lends an air of professionalism to intellectual property. In this article, we’re going over how you can type the copyright symbol in Windows and Mac.
Typing the copyright symbol in Windows
There two ways you can type the copyright symbol in Windows.
- Using alt codes.
- Using the Character Map.
Using Alt Codes
Just about every ASCII character can be represented and typed using an alt code. Similarly, there’s an alt code for the copyright symbol as well — Alt + 0169.
Using alt codes is rather easy. All you have to do is make sure that the num lock is enabled, press down the Alt key and type the code on the Numpad. On laptops and other compressed keyboards missing a Numpad, these keys are often integrated into the keyboard keys themselves in the following fashion.
- M = 0
- J = 1
- K =2
- L= 3
- U = 4
- I =5
- O = 6
- 7 (Numeric row) = 7
- 8 (Numeric row) = 8
- 9 (Numeric row) = 9
Now to type the copyright symbol, all you have to do is hold down Alt and type 0169 on your numpad. As soon as you let go of the Alt key after typing the code, you should see the symbol pop up on your screen.
Note that some laptops may also require you to press the Fn key along with the Alt key.
Using the Character Map
Another thing that you can use to type just about any character in Windows is the Character Map. As you can probably guess by the name, it’s a map for all characters you could type on a Windows machine.
Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Character Map. Click on the corresponding search result.
Step 2: Scroll down to find the copyright symbol. Select it and click the Copy button.
Step 3: Paste the symbol wherever you want.
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How to type the copyright symbol on a Mac?
On Macs, the process is a bit simpler. There are a couple of ways you can do this.
- Using a keyboard shortcut.
- Using the Character Viewer.
Using the keyboard shortcut
The simplest way of typing the copyright symbol on a Mac is to hold down the Option key and press G. That’s all it takes.
Using the Character Viewer tool
If you’d like to use the Character Viewer tool, here’s how. This method is the same in principle as the Character Map from Windows.
Step 1: In the Finder menu, head over to Edit and then Emojis & Symbols.
Step 2: Head over to the Letterlike Symbols option in the left pane.
Step 3: Right-click the copyright symbol and click on Copy Character Info to move the character to the clipboard. You can now paste it wherever you want.