How to Insert Rupee Symbol in MS Word

Currency symbols are generally used as shorthand for currencies, even electronically. This is why keyboard manufacturers have already integrated these symbols so that users can just use them instantly.

However, not all currency symbols are readily available on the keyboard. Even then, there are still many techniques that you can use to insert a specific currency symbol in your document—an example of this is the Rupee symbol (₹).

In this article, we’ll take a look at some methods on how you can insert a Rupee symbol (₹) in MS Word.

3 Ways to Insert Rupee Symbol in MS Word

  • Using the Numeric Keypad
  • Using the Rupee Symbol Unicode
  • Using the Character Map tool

These three are the most common and easiest ways on how you can insert the Rupee symbol in your document. As you read the remainder of this article, you will come to realize that inserting a Rupee symbol is a very straightforward process. Now, let’s have a look in detail at the steps needed to apply these techniques successfully.

Let’s get started!

Method 1: Using the Numeric Keypad

Most keyboards come with a numeric keypad. Aside from mathematical operations, the keypad can also be used for inserting symbols, which in this case is the Rupee symbol. Don’t worry if your keyboard doesn’t have one right off the bat at the side. Some keyboards have numeric keypads hidden, so perhaps take a closer look at your keyboard.

Here’s how you can use the numeric keypad to insert a Rupee symbol.

Step 1: Open a new or existing Word document.

Let’s begin by opening a Word document. If you already have the document that needs editing, then feel free to use and open that instead. In case you just want to try it in a new document, then launch the MS Word program on your computer and click the Blank document option. Shown below is an example of a Word document for your reference.

Step 2: Position your mouse cursor to the part where you want to insert the Rupee symbol.

With the document already open, identify the part of your content where the Rupee symbol needs to be inserted. Click it to position your mouse cursor. You can also replace a word or phrase with the symbol by simply highlighting it.

Step 3: Turn off the Num Lock on the Numeric Keypad.

To use the numeric keypad, the Num Lock needs to be turned off. Press the Num Lock key on your keyboard so that you’ll be allowed to issue key combinations. If your keyboard doesn’t have a Num Lock indicator, you can test its condition by simply pressing any number from the keypad. The number will be displayed on your screen if the Num Lock is turned off; otherwise, you need to toggle its state.

Step 4: Press the shortcut keys.

Once you’ve turned off the Num Lock, you can already proceed with the key combination of the Rupee symbol. On your keyboard, hold down the Alt key and use the numeric keypad in pressing the keys 8, 3, 7, 7 respectively. Release the Alt key and notice the Rupee symbol being inserted to the location of your mouse cursor.

Method 2: Using the Rupee Symbol Unicode

An alternative that you can use to insert a Rupee symbol is through its Unicode. This can be your go-to method if your keyboard doesn’t have a numeric keypad. But in order to use this method, you should know the assigned unicode to Rupee symbol.

Learn the Rupee symbol’s Unicode and understand how to utilize it by following the steps below.

Step 1: Open a document in MS Word.

Essentially, you’ll need to open a document. It’s up to you if you want to open an existing document or want to try this method in a new one. Launch the MS Word program and use the available controls to either create a new document from scratch or open one that’s already in your computer.

Step 2: Move your mouse cursor to the appropriate location.

Determine where you would like to insert the symbol in your document and click that location to move the mouse cursor on there. Highlighting a word or phrase lets you replace it with the Rupee symbol you’re about to insert..

Step 3: Type the Rupee symbol’s Unicode.

The equivalent Unicode of the Rupee symbol is U+20B9. With the mouse cursor already on the proper location, type the last four characters of the Unicode, 2, 0, B, 9 respectively. Make sure not to include spaces between them, as shown in the image below.

Step 4: Press the appropriate key combination to transform the Unicode character. 

Upon typing the Unicode, highlight all four characters like the image in the previous step. After that, immediately press the Alt key on your keyboard together with the X key. The Unicode you have typed will be converted into its equivalent symbol, which in our case, is the Rupee symbol.

Method 3: Using the Character Map Tool

Another effective method you can use to insert a Rupee symbol is by using the Character Map tool, which is a pre-installed program with Windows. You can use this program to copy symbols to other applications as well. You probably can’t memorize the Unicode characters and shortcut keys of all symbols, so it’s good to know that you can always use this tool.

Below are the simple steps on how you can utilize this program to insert a Rupee symbol.

Step 1: Create or open a document in MS Word.

Having an open document is a must, just like the other methods. Start by finding the Word document that you want to edit. Double click on it to open it in the MS Word program. Alternatively, you can also create a new document so that you can test this method.

Step 2: Place your mouse cursor to the part where you intend to insert a Rupee symbol.

In this step, you’ll need to ensure where you will insert the Rupee symbol. Place your mouse cursor on a specific place in your document where the symbol will be inserted. If you decide to change a word into the symbol instead, you’ll need to highlight it.

Step 3: Open the Character Map program.

With the mouse cursor already in place, you’re now ready to insert the Rupee symbol. To do so, you’ll be needing the Character Map program. Launch this program by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard and immediately typing the keyword “Character Map”. From the search results, click the Character Map program to open it. 

Step 4: Copy the Rupee symbol from the Character Map program.

Upon opening the Character Map program, you’ll notice that it immediately displays a list of various symbols. Since you only need the Rupee symbol, you’ll need to filter the list. At the bottom of the Character map window, you will find the Advanced view checkbox. Check it to show the search controls. In the search box that appears, type the keyword “Rupee” and click the Search button beside it. Doing this will let the program filter the list according to your search keyword.

From the filtered result, find the Rupee symbol and double click it. This will add the symbol to the Characters to copy field. Store the Rupee symbol in your clipboard by clicking the Copy button. Upon doing this, you can already close the Character Map application.

Step 5: Paste the Rupee symbol to your document.

You can paste that Rupee symbol you have copied earlier into your document. Just press the Ctrl and V keys simultaneously on your keyboard. The Rupee symbol will appear on where your mouse cursor is.


The techniques that were discussed are pretty straightforward, right? We were able to provide you three alternatives that you can always use to insert a Rupee symbol. Here’s a quick rundown of everything we talked about today.

While there may be more techniques that you can find out there, these three steps are the easiest ways to add a Rupee symbol in MS Word. You can use the shortcut keys on the numeric keypad, utilize its Unicode, or the Character Map tool.

We hope you found this article helpful!

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