How to Insert Special Characters in Google Docs/Google Sheets

Special characters and special symbols like arrows, shapes, emojis, modifiers, punctuation, degree Celsius, or currency symbol make your docs different from just normal text and well understandable.

There are different and easy ways to insert special characters in Google Sheets and Google Docs. In both Google Docs and Google Sheets, you can insert alphanumerics, non-alphabetic characters.

Learn how to insert special characters in Google Docs with the help of drawing, Unicode, Alt code, . And how to insert symbols in Google Sheets with the help of Character Map.

How to insert special characters in Google Docs

Google Docs provides you a list of special characters and symbols so that you don’t have to look somewhere else.

  • Open a new Google Docs document on your desktop to insert symbols.
  • In the menu bar click Insert options then navigate and click to Special Characters option
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  • A new insert special characters box will open in front of screen
  • From there, you can select the special character by either searching the name of the symbol in the search box or by typing the Unicode of the character in the box.

Google Docs special characters missing

If you are not able to find the symbol in Google Docs, then you can use a drawing box to find your missing characters.

To find and insert special characters in Google Docs, press the “Alt + I + C” keyboard shortcut to open a list of characters, now you have to make a rough drawing of the character in the box which you want. As shown in the below image-

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Google docs special characters shortcut

To open a list of special characters, shortcut is useful in Google Docs. Windows users can use the Alt + I + C keyboard shortcut, and Mac Users can use Ctrl + Option + I + C.

You can also insert special characters in Google Docs directly by using the Alt key and Unicode of character. For example, — Alt + 0169 to insert copyright symbol in Google Docs.

How to insert symbols in Google sheets

To insert symbols in Google sheets is not similar to Google docs, because there is a direct option to find special symbols, but you can use a Character Map to find the special characters list.

You have to just copy/paste the symbols or special characters from Character Map and add to Google Sheets cells. Character Map is a list of different special symbols and characters.

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insert symbol in google sheets

You can also use Unicode to insert symbol 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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