‘ ’ Single Quotation Marks (Meaning, How To Type, & More)

Single Quotation Marks are punctuation symbols that are used in writing to distinguish a quote from a larger quote. For example, “She just said ‘See you at the party,’ and then left,” reported Sandra.

Continue reading for more details on this symbol. 

Copy Single Quotation Marks

These punctuation Symbols can be copied and pasted wherever you need them. Using the buttons above, you can copy all of the symbols, or you can select and copy a specific symbol from the list below.

You can then paste it anywhere by pressing Ctrl and V on your keyboard once it has been copied.

Single Quotation Marks Information Table

There is some helpful information about these Single quotation mark punctuation Symbols in the table below.

DESCRIPTIONLeft Single Quotation MarkRight Single Quotation Mark
Keyboard Shortcut
ALT CODE SHORTCUTAlt + 0145Alt + 0146
CSS CODE\2018\2019

To the best of our ability, the above table has presented useful information about these punctuation Symbols, including the keyboard shortcuts, Unicode, and HTML codes, as well.

Continue reading to gain a better understanding of how to get these symbols.

How to Get the Single Quotation Marks

Although there is a dedicated key for these symbols on the keyboard, you can also obtain them by using the keyboard shortcuts.

You can also insert them in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Google Docs if you’re using one of the Microsoft Office or Google apps.

Below you’ll find several methods for accessing these symbols, including keyboard shortcuts and methods utilizing MS Office and Google Docs’ built-in navigation systems.

We will demonstrate the various methods on how to insert or type the right symbols. However, the same method can apply to both symbols.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

The symbols for Single Quotation Marks Alt Codes (Keyboard Shortcut)


Note: This Alt Code shortcut works for Windows only.

This Alt code method can be used to type these symbols by holding down the Alt key while typing the Alt code (0145 for Right Quotation mark) using the separate numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard.

Below is a detailed step-by-step guide you may use to type these symbols on your keyboard.

  • Open your Microsoft Word document where you need to type these symbols.
  • Click to place your cursor in the document where you need to type these symbols.
  • On the keyboard, press down the Alt key with one hand.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, enter the symbol Alt Code (see above table).
  • Now release the Alt key.

After you release the Alt key, the symbol will immediately appear exactly where you place the cursor.

Insert Single Quotation Marks in Word/Excel/PowerPoint

You can quickly insert these Symbols in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint by using this simple mouse navigation.

The steps below will show you how to insert Single Quotation Marks in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

  • Open your Word or Excel, or PowerPoint document.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
  • On the far-right section, you’ll see the Symbols group. Select Symbol > More Symbols.

The Symbol window will appear as below.

These symbols can be found in this window. To find it quickly, change the font to Normal Text then type the Unicode 02018 for‘ ( and 02019 for ’) in the Character code: box. The Single quotation marks will be selected as soon as you type the code.

  • Insert it into your Word document by clicking the Insert button.
  • Close the Symbol dialog.

These are the steps for inserting these Symbols and any other symbol in Microsoft Word or other Office apps on both Windows and Mac OS.

Single Quotation Marks In Google Docs

Google Docs is also another text editor where users may struggle to type or insert a Single quotation mark sign.

Meanwhile, Google Docs has one of the simplest methods for inserting symbols that are not found on the keyboard.”

To get the Single Quotation Marks in Google Docs:

  • Launch Google Docs and position your cursor where the symbol is going to be inserted.
  • Go to Insert > Special Characters.

The Insert special characters window will appear, which includes a search bar and a drawing pad.

  • Using the Search bar, search for single quotation marks. Then, in the search results, double-click on the punctuation Symbol to insert it into Google Docs.
  • You can also draw the Symbol using the drawing pad just below the search bar. If Google Docs recognizes the drawing, it will display the symbol and similar signs in the results box. Then double-click the symbol to insert it.

These are the steps to insert this and any other symbol into Google Docs.

Single Quotation Marks on The Character Map (Windows)

In Windows, the Character Map is a tool that can be used to view characters in any installed font, determine what keyboard input (or Alt code) is used to type those characters and copy characters to the clipboard instead of typing them with your keyboard.

This section will demonstrate how to use the Character Map tools to easily copy and paste these symbols.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Search for Character Map in the Windows Start menu.
  • You should see the character Map appear in the search results. Click on it to launch it.
  • When it’s open, go to the bottom left corner of the window and click to expand the Advance view options.
  • To easily locate these symbols on the Character Map, search for the symbol name (Single quotation marks) in the search box.

The symbol will be displayed for you to copy.

  • To copy these symbols, double-click it, and it will be selected in the Characters to Copy box. Then, finally, click the Copy button to copy it to your clipboard.
  • Place your cursor where you want the symbol and press Ctrl + V to paste it.

And there you have it.

These are the steps you can take to copy and paste these Symbols or other symbols on your Windows PC.

Adding Single Quotation Marks in HTML/CSS

Single quotation marks can also be added in HTML and CSS using entities.

HTML and CSS entities are special codes used to represent characters that have special meanings or cannot be displayed as regular text in HTML and CSS.

Entities are used to display characters such as angle brackets, ampersands, and quotation marks, as well as special symbols such as copyright, trademark, and multiplication signs.

Using entity codes is important for ensuring that HTML and CSS code is valid and can be interpreted correctly by web browsers.


To add the Right Single Quotation Mark to an HTML page, you can use its entity name or number (decimal or hexadecimal reference), as shown in the example below:

// html example

<span> &#8217; </span>

To display the Right single quotation mark from CSS, you can use a CSS shortcode or CSS entity, as shown in the example below:

// css example

span {

  content: "\2019";



Most people have difficulty typing or inserting these symbols. So, we’ve broken down the various methods and steps required to type or get them into your documents.

And as you can see above, we’ve attempted to cover as much information about these single quotation mark punctuation Symbols as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to go through this blog.

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