Create a copyright symbol on Windows and Mac computers

Contents
  1. Shortcuts for this special character in any operating system
  2. Entering a copyright symbol in Windows
  3. Typing the copyright symbol on a Mac
  4. Other options for entering the copyright symbol

Shortcuts for this special character in any operating system

The copyright symbol (©) is a special symbol commonly used by photographers and other content creators. Although the use of copyright is not required, this symbol is easily recognizable and gives credibility to your intellectual property, so it can be useful to know how to type the copyright symbol on Windows and Mac.

Entering a copyright symbol in Windows

On Windows computers, you can add a copyright symbol anywhere you can enter text with a few simple keystrokes.

To create the copyright symbol © on keyboards with a numeric keypad, press and hold the alt and type 0169

For most laptops and other compressed keyboards, the process is different. Look for the small numbers above the keys 7, 8, 9, U, I, O, J, K, L, and M. They behave like 0-9 when Num Lock activated. To create a copyright protection system without a numeric keypad:

  1. Click fn NumLk to turn on Num Lock † You may have an assigned key NumLK or it can be mapped to another key.

  2. Find the number keys. If you don’t see any numbers on the keys, try them anyway: M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8 , 9 = 9.

  3. Hold down a key alt enter the number keys 0169 (with some laptops you also have to use the fn at arrival).

  4. Release all keys to see the © symbol in your text.

Typing the copyright symbol on a Mac

On Mac computers, anywhere you can enter text, you can add a copyright symbol with just two keystrokes: hold the key Option and type G to create the © symbol.

Other options for entering the copyright symbol

If a keyboard shortcut seems too time-consuming, you can always copy the copyright symbol from somewhere else and paste it into your text.

The © symbol is also included in the symbol cards on most machines. Here’s how to use a character map to include a character in your text:

  1. In Windows 10, open the search box on the taskbar and type Map. Choose from the search results Overview of letters

  2. Select the copyright symbol in the text field. Than To copy to be. Now it’s on your clipboard and pasted into another application.

  3. You can also access the character map in the section Standard Windows Accessories in the start menu.

  4. On MacOS, select from the menu bar Change Emoji and Symbols † Enter royalty in the search string to recall the character to be copied.

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