How to Insert Copyright Symbol in Excel?

The copyright symbol (©) is used to denote the copyright status of a work, indicating that the creator holds the exclusive legal right to use, publish, and distribute their work.

This symbol is commonly found in publications, digital content, and artistic works to assert copyright ownership.

In this article, I will show you some simple ways to insert Copyright symbol in Excel

Keyboard Shortcut to Insert Copyright Symbol in Excel

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

Copyright Shortcut On Windows in Excel:

Alt + 0169
  1. Ensure Num Lock is on.
  2. Hold down the Alt key.
  3. Type 0169 on the numeric keypad.
  4. Release the Alt key to insert the copyright symbol.

Note that this can only be used when you have the number keypad. If you don’t, use other methods shown in this article to insert the copyright symbol

Copyright Shortcut On Mac in Excel:

Option + G
  1. Hold down the Option key.
  2. Press G.
  3. Release both keys to insert the copyright symbol.

Manually Typing the Copyright Symbol in Excel

Here is a less-known Excel trick to insert symbols such as copyright in a cell in Excel by manually entering some text.

To do this, enter the below text manually in any cell in Excel, and as soon as you hit the spacebar key or the enter key, it will automatically be converted into the copyright symbol.


This is not case-sensitive, so even if you enter (c), it should still work.

Cool trick, isn’t it?

Inserting Copyright using the Symbol Dialog Box

To insert the Copyright symbol in Excel using the Symbol Dialog Box, follow the below steps:

  1. Click on the cell where you want to insert the symbol.
  2. Click 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 the Special Character tab.
Select the special character tab in the symbol dialog box
  1. Locate and select the copyright symbol (©).
Select the copyright symbol from the list
  1. Click Insert, then close the Symbol dialog box.

Inserting Copyright Symbol using Formula

For Windows, use the below formula:

CHAR function to insert the copyright symbol

For Mac, use the below formula:


Copy and Paste the Copyright Symbol into Excel

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

Name of SymbolCopyright Symbol
Symbol Text©
Shortcut for WindowsAlt + 0169
Shortcut for MacOption + G
Inserting using Symbol Dialog BoxFind © in Symbol dialog box
Inserting using Formula=CHAR(169) or =UNICHAR(169)

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I am a huge fan of Microsoft Excel and love sharing my knowledge through articles and tutorials. I work as a business analyst and use Microsoft Excel extensively in my daily tasks. My aim is to help you unleash the full potential of Excel and become a data-slaying wizard yourself.

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