How to Insert the Copyright Symbol in MS Word

Copyright is a symbol used to express that a particular creative work is protected by intellectual property laws. If you need to print, publish or make copies of any creative material that’s not yours, you’ll need to secure permission from the owner before doing so. This is why it’s critical to make sure that you have this symbol imprinted or encoded in every creative work you own. Fortunately, MS Word allows you to insert the copyright symbol in your documents with a few simple clicks. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Now, there are about four ways to insert a copyright symbol in MS Word. 

4 Ways to Insert the Copyright Symbol in MS Word

  • Using the Symbol dialogue box
  • Using an ASCII code
  • Using a shortcut key
  • Using Windows 10 emoji panel

We’ll go through each of these methods in this tutorial below. Don’t feel overwhelmed by the number of ways you insert the copyright symbol because each method is relatively simple. Rest assured that we’ve written the steps in this guide with beginners in mind. 

Now, the first method involves the use of the Symbol dialogue box found in the Ribbon. This is the same dialogue box you use when you want to insert other symbols in your document. The other three employ the use of a combination of your keyboard keys. All are equally effective and will get the job done like a walk in the park.

Having said that, let’s get to it! 


Method 1: Insert Copyright Symbol Using the Symbol Dialogue Box

MS Word Ribbon contains all the functions you’ll ever need to customize a document. Like any other dialogue boxes in Word, the Symbol dialogue box has a pool of symbols grouped by origin. Common document symbols like the copyright and trademark symbols can be found here. 

Here’s how you can access the Symbol Dialogue box to add a Copyright symbol.. 

Step 1: Open up a Word document. 

First thing we need to do is to open up an MS Word file. Feel free to use your own personal document if you already have one opened. Otherwise, you can always create a new one. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be using a blank document.

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Step 2: Launch the Symbol dialogue box. 

Go to the Insert tab and move your cursor to the right-most part of your window. Click the Symbol button, then select the copyright symbol in the drop-down menu.

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Congratulations! You’ve just inserted the copyright symbol using the Symbol dialogue box in MS Word. 



Method 2: Insert Copyright Symbol Using the ASCII Code

In this method, we’ll use the copyright ASCII code to insert the copyright symbol to your document. The ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. In simpler words, everything we type actually corresponds to an ASCII code. This way, text can be represented using a standard format in any platform. 

This method works by reverse-engineering, which is to type out an ASCII code to display the copyright symbol. Here’s what we mean.

Step 1: Open up a Word document. 

Before we get started, we’ll need to open up a Word document. If you already have your own document opened, go ahead and use that. Don’t worry about messing up your document as none of the steps in this guide can irreversibly damage your file. Remember to hit the CTRL + Z keys on your keyboard to easily undo changes.

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Step 2: Type in the copyright ASCII code. 

Once our document is opened, type in the ASCII code 00A9 where you want the copyright symbol inserted. After that, highlight the ASCII code by left-clicking and dragging your mouse over the text. Then, press ALT + X on your keyboard. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

You should see the ASCII code transform into the copyright symbol.

Congratulations! You’ve just reverse-engineered the copyright symbol to your document with the ASCII code on MS Word.


Method 3: Insert Copyright Symbol Using Shortcut Keys

This is, by far, the fastest way to insert the copyright symbol in MS Word. it’s so fast it only requires pressing three keyboard keys. 

Here’s how you can do that. 

Step 1: Open up an MS Word file. 

First off, let’s open a Word document. You can create a new document for this method or, if you have one already opened, go ahead and use that. Don’t worry because you undo any unwanted changes easily. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Step 2: Press the shortcut keys. 

On your document, place your cursor where you want the copyright symbol inserted. Now, press the CTRL+ALT+C keys on your keyboard. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Voila! You’ve just use a keyboard shortcut key to insert copyright symbol in MS Word. 


Method 4: Insert Copyright Symbol Using the Emoji Panel

In this method, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to launch the Emoji panel to insert the copyright symbol in MS Word. Note that this is an insider build of Windows 10. You can visit this page to learn more about this feature. 

Here’s how to do that. 

Step 1: Open up an MS Word file. 

To get started, open up an MS Word file. Feel free to use your own personal file if you already have one opened. Otherwise, you can always start from a blank document by creating a new one. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Step 2: Launch the emoji panel. 

Now that we have our document opened, go ahead and press the Windows logo key + . (period) on your keyboard. This should launch the Emoji Panel near your cursor. Click the Symbols icon to switch to the symbols tab. Now, select the copyright symbol found somewhere in the middle of the tab. Then, click the X button to exit. 

Insert the copyright symbol in MS word

Alternatively, you can also just search for “copyright” the moment the Emoji Panel shows up. 

Congratulations! You’ve just used the emoji panel to insert the copyright symbol in MS Word. 

Deleting Copyright Symbol in MS Word

If you find the need to delete copyright symbols in your document, simply select the symbol and press the DELETE key on your keyboard. 


Conclusion

We’ve finally reached the end of this guide. Hopefully, we’ve helped you figure out how to insert a copyright symbol in MS Word. Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve tackled today. 

Learning to insert the copyright symbol in MS Word is an essential skill to have. This is especially true when you manage different copyrighted materials. We’ve covered four methods to insert the copyright symbol in this guide. The first method uses the Symbol dialogue box while the other three make use of a combination of keyboard keys. 

We hope you’ve found this article helpful!

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