How to Create a Number Symbol in MS Paint

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Characters such as the number symbol -- also known as "pound" or a hash mark -- are typed easily into a word processing program by pressing the keyboard combinations related to those symbols. In a graphics program such as Microsoft Paint, it's not always that easy. Fortunately, it's also not that much harder, as Paint offers two ways to create the number symbol using its typing tool or its paint options.

  • Open Paint. Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A" on the "Tools" section of the ribbon.

  • Click anywhere on the white space of the Paint work area. When the text toolbar opens, choose a font and a size for the number symbol.

  • Press and hold down the "Shift" key and press the number "3" together on the keyboard, which makes the number sign shortcut on the Paint workspace.

  • Click the cursor anywhere on the white space of the work area to close the text box and revert back to the original Paint ribbon.

  • Click the "Brushes" button and select the first option, "Brush."

  • Position the cursor on the Paint work area and draw a straight line at a slightly forward angle, such as a forward slash on the keyboard. Move the cursor slightly to the right and draw a second line exactly the same as the first.

  • Move the cursor to one- third down the length of the two lines. Press and hold down the "Shift" key. Draw a line through both of the first lines. Move the cursor down to the bottom third of the lines. Press and hold down the "Shift" key. Draw a line through both of the lines, completing the number symbol.

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