How to Create a Cent Sign in Word


You can insert various symbols in Microsoft Word, including cent signs. Inserting a dollar sign -- by holding Shift and pressing 4 -- is a simple task, but to insert a cent symbol, you must use Word's Symbol tool. You can also assign a shortcut key to the sign so that you can easily insert it into all your documents.

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  • Alternatively, you can use the Character Map utility in Windows to insert the cent character or copy it from the Web and paste it into the document. To use the Character Map utility, press Windows-S to display the Search charm, type Character Map and click the Character Map app. Check the Advanced View box, type Cent into the Search For box and click Search to find the cent symbol. Select the symbol, click Select and then click Copy to copy it to the clipboard. To paste it in the document, press Ctrl-V. To copy the cent sign from the Web, use Google to find it -- you can search for cent sign -- select it, and press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard. Paste the symbol in Word by pressing Ctrl-V.

Step 1

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Open the document in Microsoft Word and place the insertion cursor in the spot where you want to insert a cent symbol. Switch to the Insert tab, click the Symbol button in the Symbols group and click More Symbols to open the Symbol dialog.

Step 2

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Select Currency Symbols from the Subset drop-down box and then select the cent symbol -- usually located somewhere on the first line of symbols. Click Insert to insert the cent sign into the document.


  • You can make the cent symbol superscript after you insert it into the document.

Step 3

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Click the Shortcut Key button in the Symbol dialog to open the Customize Keyboard dialog. Click inside the Press New Shortcut Key box and then press the shortcut key -- Alt-C for example -- that you want to assign to the cent symbol.

Click the Assign button to assign the shortcut key. To remove the shortcut, select it from the Current Keys box and click Remove.


  • To insert the cent symbol into the document, press the shortcut key. Pressing the shortcut key several times inserts more symbols.

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