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Tech Tip for Writers #59: Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip.

Q: How do you create the copyright symbol in Word?

A: It’s easier than you think. Hold down the Alt key and press 0169. Use the keypad with the num lock on–don’t use the number row. I could not get this to work until someone pointed out that you must use the keypad. Duh.

This not only works in Office, but lots of other places, ©–like WordPress. Cool, hunh?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a weekly columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blog, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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  5. To do the copy write symbol on a Mac, hold down the option key (alt ) and hit g. It will give you ©.
    For trademark use option and 2. ™


  6. Stupid me! I’ve been doing this wrong and long way round and committing a crime too!!
    I had to steal it from somewhere and copy/paste the symbol. [crime was the better option than asking this ‘stupid question’ to someone.] Thanks Jacqui. Arun


    • You are a problem-solver, Arun. That’s a sought-after trait. All I’ve done is shown you an alternative approach.

      Truth: I did it your way before someone else pointed out this snazzy approach.


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