How to Make Dice Faces with Keyboard?
Dice is a small object that generally has six faces (cube) containing number 1 to 6. You can throw single or double dices to generate random numbers between 1 to 12. There are different forms of games based on generating random numbers by throwing dices. Dice games like snakes & ladders are very popular in some countries. Here are the keyboard shortcuts for typing dice faces in Windows and Mac.
Windows and Mac Shortcuts for Dice Faces
Unicode character encoding assigns a unique code point for each symbol that you can type. For example, dice face-2 has a code point U+2681 where the code 2681 is in hexadecimal format. You can use this hexadecimal code in Mac and convert it into decimal format and use in Windows along with alt key.
With this logic, below table contains the alt code keyboard shortcuts for typing dice symbols in Windows and Mac.
|Die Face Symbol||Name||Windows Shortcut||Mac Shortcut|
|⚀||Die Face-1||Alt + 9856||Option + 2680|
|⚁||Die Face-2||Alt + 9857||Option + 2681|
|⚂||Die Face-3||Alt + 9858||Option + 2682|
|⚃||Die Face-4||Alt + 9859||Option + 2683|
|⚄||Die Face-5||Alt + 9860||Option + 2684|
|⚅||Die Face-6||Alt + 9861||Option + 2685|
Typing Dice Faces in Windows
Windows computers offer multiple ways to type dice face symbols.
Alt Code Shortcuts for Dice Symbols
First option is to use the alt keys on your keyboard along with the decimal code for the symbol. For example, alt + 9856 will make dice face-1 symbol like ⚀. In order to use this method, you need to turn on numeric lock and type the code using number pad on your keyboard.
Alt + X Method
On Microsoft Word documents, you can use alternate method using the hexadecimal code. Type the code like 2685 and then press alt + x keys to make the dice face-6 like ⚅.
Typing Dice Faces in Mac
There are two way to type theses symbols in Mac.
Using Option Code Shortcuts
Go to the preferences section on your Mac and add Unicode Hex Input as an additional keyboard input source. Now, toggle the input to Unicode Hex Input and type the hexadecimal code by holding one of the option keys. For example, option + 2682 will make dice face-3 symbol like ⚂.
Using Character Viewer in Mac
The easiest option in Mac to type dice face symbols is to use the Character Viewer app. Press “Command + Control + Space” keys to open the app. You can search for the word “dice” to filter the symbols. Double click on the symbol to insert on your documents.
As you can see the above screenshot, Character Viewer app in Mac by default offers font variation. This will help you to choose customize dice face symbols from the available variation. This is not the case with Windows and you have to customize manually after inserting the symbols. However, this is easy in Office applications and you can apply text effects like any other text content.
Gaming Die Emoji
Dice face 1 to 6 are not part of Unicode emoji symbols. However, some mobile apps may show them as a colorful symbols like below:
Unicode has also an official emoji symbol for dice called Gaming Die that will look like a cuboid dice showing three faces like below.
You can insert this Gaming die emoji using alt + 127922 in Windows. In addition, you can use emoji panel in Windows to insert Gaming Die emoji.
- Place the cursor where you want to insert the emoji.
- Press “Win + Dot” or “Win + Semicolon” keys.
- This will open an emoji panel pop-up.
- Type “dice” to filter the Gaming Die emoji.
- Click on the symbol to insert in cursor’s position.
On Mac, you can use the same Character Viewer app to insert Gaming Die emoji.