Indian Rupee has a new symbol ₹ released to the public on 15 July, 2010 by the Government of India. The Unicode Technical Committee has accepted the proposed symbol and has assigned a Unicode on 1 August, 2010. In this article we will know how to type the Indian Rupee symbol in MS-Word in Windows operating system.
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Index of this Guide
- Windows 7 / Vista – Install update, others skip this step
- Set Keyboard Layout to English (India)
- Method 1 & 2: Keyboard Shortcuts
- Method 3: Alt code
- Method 4: Unicode method
- Method 5: Charmap method
- Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
- Why Keyboard shortcuts are not working for me?
- Charmap doesn’t show Rupee symbol
- Charmap shows ℅ symbol (C/o) instead of Rupee symbol
- Rupee Symbol converts to Arial when I try to type in Century Gothic in MS-Word
How to type Indian Rupee symbol in MS-Word?
If you are have Windows 7 / Vista, you have to install an update to support the new symbol. This is necessary so that the Indian Rupee symbol is displayed correctly in MS-Word.
In case you have not installed the update, here is the download link.
Set Keyboard Layout to English (India)
To type the Rupee symbol, you need to set your Keyboard layout to English (India). This is because Rupee symbol is an Indian character and so Microsoft has put the character in the Indian keyboard layout.
*Note : This is compulsory step in order for the following keyboard shortcut methods to work.
Method 1: Keyboard Shortcut – 1 (Recommended)
Most recent keyboards have the Indian Rupee Symbol printed on them beside Dollar ($) sign (or based on your keyboard manufacturer).
Ctrl + Alt + ₹
Simply hit the keys Ctrl, Alt and ₹ at the same time. If you don’t have ₹ symbol, then use the key 4.
Ctrl + Alt + 4
Make sure your keyboard is set to use English (India) layout.
Method 2: Keyboard Shortcut – 2
Hit right side Alt and ₹ key at the same time.
Right side Alt + ₹
Right side alt key is called Alt Gr
Make sure that you have selected Keyboard Layout to English (India).
Method 3: Alt code
The keyboard shortcut code is using the alt code – Alt 8377.
Alt 8377 (Left side alt must be used).
Note – the left side alt button must be used. Right side alt will not work in modern keyboards.
What you need to do is press and hold down the left side Alt key and type the numbers 8377 on your numeric keypad. If this method didn’t work for you then go for the next one.
Method 4: Unicode
The Unicode for Indian Rupee symbol is U+20B9.
Type 20B9 and press left side Alt key and alphabet X.
Type the code 20B9 and press Alt+x (press and hold down the left side Alt key and then press the letter x). If this method didn’t work for you, then go for the next one.
Method 5: Charmap
Charmap (Character Map) is a utility included in the Windows system to view the characters installed in any font, to view the alt code to type them, to copy the character itself and paste where ever necessary.
- In Windows Search type Charmap and open the application.
Alternatively type charmap in Windows Run and press enter to open the application.
You can also open it manually. It is in the folder C:\Windows\System32
- Set “Font” to one of these – Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Segoe UI (regular, Black, Light, Semibold, Semilight), Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana.
- Now click on the “Advanced View” option.
- In the “Go to Unicode” input box type the code 20B9 and the Rupee symbol will be highlighted.
- Click on select and then copy to copy it to your clipboard.
- Now paste it where ever you want.
Now you know how to type Indian Rupee symbol in MS-Word.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why Keyboard Shortcuts are not working for me?
Change your Keyboard Layout to English (India).
Windows 7 / Vista users have to install the above said update.
2. Charmap doesn’t show Rupee symbol
Set the Font to one of these – Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Segoe UI (regular, Black, Light, Semibold, Semilight), Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana.
3. Charmap shows ℅ symbol (C/o) when I type 20B9
The selected Font is probably Century Gothic. Change it one of these – Arial, Calibri, Cambria, Segoe UI (regular, Black, Light, Semibold, Semilight), Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana.
4. Rupee Symbol converts to Arial when I try to type in Century Gothic in MS-Word
Century Gothic doesn’t support Rupee Symbol. So, the symbol is converted to Arial font in MS-Word.
5. Keyboard shortcuts doesn’t work on Hindi (India) keyboard – shows ४ symbol
Use Keyboard shortcut method-2 or Charmap method.