Insert Arrow Symbol (Up, Down, Left, Right) in Excel

Arrow symbols are versatile and widely used in various contexts like mathematics, physics, engineering, flowcharts, and presentations.

They can represent directions, movements, connections between points, or functions in mathematical equations.

In this article, I will show you some simple ways to insert the all the four Arrow symbols in Excel (↑ ↓ → ←)

Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Arrow Symbol in Excel

Below are the keyboard shortcuts to insert the Arrow symbol in Excel:

On Windows:

Arrow SymbolShortcut
ALT + 24
ALT + 25
ALT + 26
ALT + 27

On Mac:

Arrow SymbolShortcut
Option + 2191
Option + 2193
Option + 2192
Option + 2190

Inserting Arrow Symbol using Formula

Below are the formulas that you can use to insert the arrow symbols in Excel:

Formula to insert the Up arrow (↑):

=UNICHAR(8593)

Formula to insert the Down arrow (↓):

=UNICHAR(8595)

Formula to insert the Right arrow (→):

=UNICHAR(8594)

Formula to insert the Left arrow (←):

=UNICHAR(8592)

Inserting Arrow using the Symbol Dialog Box

To insert the Arrow symbol in Excel using the Symbol Dialog Box, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the cell where you want to insert the symbol.
  2. Go to the Insert tab on the ribbon.
Click the insert button
  1. Click on Symbol in the Symbols group.
Click on the symbols icon in the ribbon
  1. In the Symbol dialog box, select Arrows from the Subset dropdown.
Select the Arrows option from drop down in symbols dialog box
  1. Choose the arrow symbol you wish to insert.
Select the arrow you want to insert
  1. Click Insert, then close the Symbol dialog box.
Click the Insert button to get the arrow symbol in the cell
Also read: Insert Checkmark (Tick Mark) Symbol in Excel

Copy and Paste the Arrow Symbol into Excel

You can also copy and paste the arrow symbol from websites on the web or from some other documents into Excel with a simple Control C and Control V.

Below, I have some of the commonly used arrow symbols that you can copy directly from this page and paste into Excel.

↑ ↓ → ← ↔ ↕

Insert Arrow Symbols in Excel Using Character Map in Windows

Inserting arrow symbols in Excel using the Character Map functionality in Windows is a straightforward process. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. First, open the Character Map on your Windows computer. You can do this by searching for “Character Map” in the Windows search bar.
Search for character map in the windows search bar
  1. In the Character Map dialog box, enter the text “arrow” in the ‘Search for’ field and then click on Search. This will show you all the arrow symbols available in the Character map.
Search for arrows in the character map dialog box
  1. Once you have found the arrow symbol you want to insert, click on it to select it. Then click the “Select” button to add it to the “Characters to copy” field. After that, click the “Copy” button to copy the symbol to your clipboard.
Copy the arrow symbol that you want to insert in Excel
  1. Now, switch over to Excel and place your cursor in the cell where you want the arrow symbol to appear. Right-click and choose “Paste,” or simply use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+V to paste the symbol.
  2. If needed, you can adjust the formatting of the symbol in Excel, such as changing the font size or color, to make it fit better with your data.

Remember that the availability of specific arrow symbols might vary slightly depending on the font you are using in the Character Map. If you can’t find the arrow you need in one font, try switching to a different font in the Character Map.

Below is a table that summarizes all the methods to insert the Arrow symbol in Excel:

MethodHow to Use
Keyboard Shortcut (Windows)Press “ALT” followed by “24” for ↑, “25” for ↓, “26” for →, and “27” for ←.
Keyboard Shortcut (Mac)Press “Option” followed by “2191” for ↑, “2193” for ↓, “2192” for →, and “2190” for ←.
Using FormulaType =UNICHAR(8593) for ↑, =UNICHAR(8595) for ↓, =UNICHAR(8594) for →, and =UNICHAR(8592) for ← in a cell.
Symbol Dialog BoxClick on cell, go to Insert tab, click Symbol, select Arrows in Subset, choose arrow, click Insert, then close dialog box.
Copy and PasteCopy arrow symbols (↑ ↓ → ← ↔ ↕) from a source and paste into Excel with Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.
Character Map in WindowsOpen Character Map, search “arrow”, select the desired arrow, click “Select”, then “Copy”, switch to Excel, and paste with Ctrl+V.

So, these are some of the methods that you can use to quickly insert the arrow symbols in Excel.

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