Keyboard Shortcuts to Insert Copyright, Registered and Trademark Symbols
Copyright, Registration and Trademark are some of the most used symbols especially on legal documents. You can also see the copyright symbol on almost every website footer area. Unfortunately, the default keyboard on both Windows and Mac does not have a key to insert these symbols in documents. Therefore, here we explain the different ways to insert trademark symbol on Microsoft Office documents like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. We have also explained how to insert copyright, registration and trademark symbol on MacBook documents like Pages, Keynotes and Number.
Copyright, Registration and Trademark
Many people get confused when using these three symbols. Here are definitions for copyright, registration and trademark symbols to make sure you use these symbols in proper content.
- Copyright © – it is a symbol used on copyright notices to indicate the original ownership of the material. In websites, it indicates the content belongs to the author and duplicating in ay form is not allowed without permission from the owner.
- Registered Trademark ® – it indicates a word, phrase or symbol is registered with a national trademark office by an individual or company.
- Trademark ™ – This symbol is generally used to indicate the ownership of a product or service that belongs to an individual or company.
In all the cases, you should use the content only with the approval from the owner. In addition, you have a symbol for indicating the copyright of musics ℗ and services ℠.
1. Insert ©, ® and ™ in Windows
There are many ways you can insert copyright, registered and trademark symbols in Windows documents.
When you have enabled AutoCorrect option in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Outlook, typing below will change to symbols. This is a default option, so it should work if you haven’t changed.
- (c) for copyright ©
- (tm) for trademark ™
- (r) for registration ®
If it does not work, then navigate to “File > Info” menu and enable AutoCorrect as shown below.
1.2. Using Symbols Menu
Open any of the Microsoft Office documents, Go to ‘Insert > Symbols’ menu. On Word you will see the frequently used symbols and look foror © or ® symbols and click ‘Insert’ button. If you don’t find the symbol in frequently used list then again click on the “Symbol” to open the “Symbols” popup. Once you insert, it will be visible under “Insert > Symbols” section as a frequently used symbol.
On Excel and PowerPoint you will see the “Symbols” chart when you click on the menu “Insert > Symbols”. Here you will see all available symbols that you can insert on your documents. Go to the “Special Characters” tab and search for trademark. Select the symbol and click “Insert” button to add the symbol on your document.
This should work on all Office versions and across all Windows operating systems. On PowerPoint, you will not see the “Special Characters” tab, you should search the symbol within the chart.
1.3. Using Alt Code
Simply hold on of the alt keys and then press the 0153 number keys on your numeric pad to insert trademark symbol quickly. This is generally called alt code shortcut or alt + decimal code shortcut.
This shortcut will work on all Office documents like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in Windows based PC. The only problem is you should have a keyboard with separate numeric pad which is unlikely on most of the recent laptops.
- Alt + 0169 for ©
- Alt + 0153 or Alt + 8482 for ™
- Alt + 0174 for ®
1.4. Using Hexadecimal Code
On Microsoft Word, you can use another trick to insert trademark. Unicode or hexadecimal codes are easier to insert shortcuts when you do not have a keyboard with numeric pad. The hexadecimal equivalent of 8482 is 2122. Type 2122 and then press one of the alt keys and x key. You will see the decimal value 2122 is now converted into a ™ symbol. Similarly, use 00A9 and 00AE for © and ® symbols respectively.
- 00A9 + Alt + X for ©
- 2122 + Alt + X for ™
- 00AE + Alt + X for ®
1.5. Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Position the cursor on the document where you want to insert trademark symbol. Press the below keys and you will see the symbols are inserted.
- Alt + ctrl + c for ©
- Alt + ctrl + t for ™
- Alt + ctrl + r for ®
1.6. Copy & Paste
The last option is to copy the symbol from the web or other documents and paste it on your document. If the symbol displays incorrectly, ensure to check the font you are using. Fonts like Windings and Webdings will change the character display. So ensure to use the generic fonts like Arial, Calibri, etc. to see the symbol is displayed properly.
2. Insert Trademark Symbol on Mac Office Documents
If you have Office package on MacBook then follow the below instructions to insert trademark symbol.
2.1. Keyboard Shortcut
Open Word document on Mac, press one of the alt or option keys and then 2 to make trademark symbol.
2.2. Use Menu
On Word Mac version, go to “Insert > Symbols > Advanced Symbols…” to open symbols chart similar to Windows. Here you can find the copyright, trademark and registered symbols under “Symbols” tab or under “Special Characters” tab.
2.3. Symbols Utility
On Word, Excel and PowerPoint – go to the menu “Insert > Symbols” and choose trademark / copyright / registered symbol under “Trade” dropdown.
3. Insert Trademark on Apple iWork Documents
Follow the below instructions to insert the symbols on your Mac documents.
3.1. Keyboard Shortcut
If you use iWork documents like Pages, Keynote and Numbers on MacBook, you can simply press “option or alt + 2” keys to insert trademark symbol. Learn more alt code shortcuts for Mac.
3.2. Use Menu or Character Viewer
You can also go to the menu “Edit > Emoji & Symbols” or press “Control + Command + Spacebar” to open Character Viewer. Search for “trademark” and insert the symbol on your documents.
3.3. Alt Code Shortcut
Similar to Windows, you can also use option or alt code shortcuts on Mac. In order to use alt code shortcuts, you should change the keyboard input to Unicode Hex Input method.
- Option + 00A9 for ©
- Option + 00AE for ®
- Option + 2122 for ™
4. Music Copyright and Service Mark
Here are shortcuts for music copyright and service mark symbols.
4.1. Sound Copyright Symbol ℗
- Alt + 8471 in Windows documents
- 2117 + Alt + X in Windows Word
- Option + 2117 in Mac
4.2. Service Mark Symbol ℠
- Alt + 8480 in Windows documents
- 2120 + Alt + X in Windows Word
- Option + 2120 in Mac
You can use HTML entity names, decimal or hexadecimal codes to insert these symbols. Use the codes without spaces between.
|Copyright||& copy;||& # 169;||& # x 00A9;|
|Registered||& reg;||& # 174;||& # x 00AE;|
|Trademark||& trade;||& # 8482;||& # x 2122;|