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This post came about because I was searching for ways to create a copyright symbol for a batch of graphics in Photoshop. Working inside a graphical environment makes one depend too much on the tools and menus. A “C” and a stroked elliptical marquee around it, said my right brain. But then my left brain remembered that there are shortcut keys available for special characters and symbols in Microsoft Word.
Hey presto! A bit of rummaging about and I discovered the shortcuts which helped me apply the copyright/trademark symbols with a keystroke.
The copyright (©), trademark (â„¢) and the registered (®) symbols are obligatorily required to protect the original source of any document or product. If it falls under a copyright act, it needs to be marked out as such. And if you are a person given such a task for any work that goes on the net, it helps to know these timesavers.
Inserting a copyright, registered or trademark symbol in Microsoft Word
In MS Word, these symbols can be inserted from the Insert – Symbol dropdown menu. If the symbol is not there, click on More Symbols to see the huge list for each different font.
But to save time, applying the symbols with keystrokes is always better. The shortcut keys are ““
Ctrl+Alt+C=© (The Copyright Symbol)
Alternatively, type an open parenthesis – type a c and close the parenthesis. MS Word automatically creates the symbol.
Ctrl+Alt+T=TM (The Trademark Symbol)
Alternatively, type an open parenthesis – type tm and close the parenthesis. MS Word automatically creates the symbol.
Ctrl+Alt+R=® (The Registered Symbol)
Alternatively, type an open parenthesis – type r and close the parenthesis. MS Word automatically creates the symbol.
Inserting a copyright, registered or trademark symbol in any Windows applications
In any Windows application like Notepad or Photoshop, the numeric keypad is used in combination with the Alt key. Activate the numeric keypad by pressing the NumLock key.
- For the Copyright symbol (©) Hold the Alt key down and type 0169.
- For the Trademark symbol (TM) Hold the Alt key down and type 0153.
- For the Registered symbol (®) Hold the Alt key down and type 0174.
Inserting a copyright, registered or trademark symbol in HTML
In any HTML coding application, HTML symbols can be created using the same number combination in the source code but prefixed with &# and a semi-colon in the end.
© – ©
Alternatively, for copyright symbols, © can also be used.
™ – TM
Alternatively, for trademark symbols, ™ can also be used.
® – ®
Alternatively, for registered symbols, ® can also be used.
Points to note
- The clarity of the symbols may need to be adjusted by changing either the font size or the font itself.
- The copyright symbol is always on the baseline.
- The trademark â„¢ symbol is always superscripted.
- The registered trademark symbol can be on the baseline or superscripted.
- The Windows Character Map accessed via Programs – Accessories – System Tools can also be used to copy-paste the symbols. With the huge list of characters, finding them is a chore.
These shortcuts prove that sometimes a keystroke is faster than several clicks of mouse. If you think that this timesaver tip is worth your while, drop us a note – as usual, in the comments.
With the EU passing article 13 of their copyright legislation, you might need to learn a thing or two about copyright before using this symbol.