Indian currency is called Rupee or Rupiya. Indian government launched a new symbol for the Indian currency on 15 July 2010. Now that we a new Indian Rupee symbol, we also need to know how to type it in computer applications like MS Word, MS Excel, HTML web pages or in plain text. Earlier, a more general Rs. symbol was used to indicate the Indian Rupee symbol (INR) in computers. From the word processing point of view it was much easier to type Rs because both the constituent characters (i.e. R and s) were available on English keyboard.
Now, a lot of people wonder how to type the new Indian Rupee symbol (₹) in computers. Today, I am going to tell you the Unicode and other methods of typing this sign.
When the new and unique INR symbol was launched (by the way, new sign was designed by Udaya Kumar, and Associate Professor at IIT Guwahati), there was quite a bit of confusion about how to type this new symbol in computer. In the beginning the problem was circumvent using an image of the symbol. However, 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 is still missing from English keyboard –but this allocation was a big leap forward. Now it is possible to type this Rupee character using a English standard keyboard.
There are several methods to type Indian Rupee symbol in MS Word. Take your pick!
If Indian Rupee key is available on your keyboard, just press Ctrl + Alt + ₹
If Indian Rupee key is not available on your keyboard, press Ctrl + Alt + 4
Use right hand side Alt key (also known as Alt Gr), press Alt Gr + ₹
Press left side Alt key and then type 8377 on numeric pad (NumPad)
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 new Rupee symbol (₹).
You can download rupee symbol font and install it in your computer. These are non-Unicode fonts especially made just for inputting the rupee symbol.
Unicode for Indian Rupee symbol
The Unicode that was allocated for Rupee sign is U+20B9. If you type it in any Unicode supporting software, the Indian Rupee symbol will appear. MS Word is a Unicode compliant software.
Inserting Indian Rupee symbol with Charmap
Charmap is a Windows application that shows you how to Windows is mapping various characters and symbols.
- Open the Run command box
- Type charmap and press enter. This command will open the Charmap
- Select Arial from the Fonts box
- Type 20B9 in the Go to Unicode box. Charmap will highlight the Indian Rupee symbol
- Double click on the Rupee symbol. This will make the symbol appear in the Characters to copy box
- Click on the Copy button. This will copy the Rupee symbol in computer’s memory
- Paste the symbol wherever you want with Ctrl + V
IF you are a blog or website developer, you may need to type Indian currency sign in HTML. Many developers still use a small icon image to display Indian Rupee symbol. But you don’t need to do that as there is a Unicode available for Indian Rupee sign. If you want to use this sign in a web page, the HTML code for this is ₹ (semi-colon is part of the code). It is not only easier to type rupee sign in Unicode, but it also saves the HTTP request. As a result your website will load faster.
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Sometimes you may have Unicode display problems. If instead of 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 typing the Indian Rupee symbol in MS Word, MS Excel and HTML etc. Please let me know if you face any problem in this regard. I will try to help you out!