Inserting Special Characters in Google Docs and Google Sheets

There are different and easy ways to insert special characters in Google docs and Google Sheets. Special characters like arrows, shapes, emojis, modifiers, punctuation, currency, or degree make your docs well understandable. Learn how to insert special characters in Google Sheets and Google Docs.

How to insert special characters in Google docs

  • Open a new Google docs document
  • Navigate to the menu bar and click Insert > Special Characters
  • A new insert special characters box will open in front of you
  • You can select the special character by either searching the name of the symbol in the search box or by typing the Unicode of character in the box.
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Google docs special character missing

If you are not able to find the symbol in Google docs search bar, then you can use a drawing box to find your missing character. To insert special characters in google docs you have to make a rough drawing of the character in the box which you want. As shown in below image-

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Google docs special characters shortcut

To open a list of special characters, shortcut is useful. Windows users can use Alt + I + C keyboard shortcut, and Mac User can use Ctrl + Option + I + C. You can also insert special characters in Google docs directly by using Alt key and Unicode of character. For example – Alt + 0176 to insert degree symbol in Google docs.

Insert symbols in Google sheets

Inserting special characters in google sheets is not similar to Google docs, but you can use a Character Map to find the special characters list. You have to just copy/paste the symbols or special characters in Google Sheets cells. Character Map is a list of different special symbols and characters.

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You can also use Unicode to insert symbols in Google Sheets. Special Character Map is available in Google docs from where you can copy and paste the symbol into Google Spreadsheet, to open use Alt + I + C Windows shortcut and Ctrl + Option + I + C for Mac OS.

If you are a Windows user then search Character Map in the search box of Windows desktop, you will easily find it. For online users, Google docs is the best option to find the symbol.

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