MS Word: Type/Insert Unicode Rupee Symbol in Document

Learn how to type, insert or add the Indian Rupee (INR) symbol in MS Word document using Unicode. You can do so on computers with Indic language support.

Indian government launched new symbol for the Indian currency on 15 July 2010. Earlier, a more general Rs. Symbol was used to indicate Indian Rupee (INR). From the word processing  point of view it was much easier to type it because both the constituent characters (i.e. R and s) were available on English keyboard.

INR symbol

INR symbol

But when the new and unique symbol was launched, there was a quite a bit of confusion as to how to type this new symbol in computer. In the beginning the problem was circumvent using an image of the symbol. But resizing and making this image fit in various fonts and font sizes was a big nuisances.

But the problem was solved when, on 10 August 2010, a Unicode character was allocated for this symbol. Although the symbol itself was still missing from English keyboard –but this allocation was a big leap forward. Now it was possible to type this character using standard keyboard.

How to Add / Type Indian Rupee Symbol in MS Word

The Unicode character for Rupee sign is U+20B9

In your MS-Word document just type 20B9 and then press ALT + x keys. As soon as you press this key combination, the text 20B9 will be replaced by the Indian currency’s symbol (₹).

[ Note: If you want to use this sign in a web page, the HTML code for this is ₹ ]

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Unicode Rupee Symbol Still Not Appearing

If instead Rupee symbol, you are getting some other sign (like a question mark or a square box) –this means that your computer is not yet Unicode enabled. You should enable Indic language support in order to be able to type in Indian languages (in Unicode)

I hope that this tiny tip will save you from the trouble of using an image for inserting INR sign. Please let me know if you face any problem in this regard. I will try to help you out!


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