How to Make the Paragraph Symbol

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Editors have a secret, efficient language all to themselves. Like any language, it is comprised of symbols that allow them to quickly communicate information. One of these symbols is the "pilcrow," or paragraph mark. Typed, it looks like this: ¶. Handwritten, the half-circle of the "p" isn't filled in, but otherwise it looks basically the same. While becoming an editor takes years of study and work, mastering editors' symbols only take minutes, as you can see from practicing your pilcrow.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen or pencil
  • Find the place you want the paragraph to be. Your paragraph symbol should be written just to the left of the first word of the intended paragraph.

  • Make a vertical line, about as tall as the font of the words.

  • Draw a backwards "P" to the right of the line, approximately the same height as your first line. The top of the "P" should be above the first line, and the bottom of the loop should pass right through it.

Tips & Warnings

  • ¶ is the ASCII code for a paragraph symbol.
  • U+00B6 is the Unicode for a pilcrow.
  • In word processing, the paragraph symbol can be found in the "special characters" menu.
  • Alternatively, it is always possible to copy and paste. Here is one to use: ¶

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