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¶ | Paragraph Symbol / Pilcrow Sign (Meaning, How To Type, & More)

A Pilcrow Sign or Paragraph Symbol is a typographical symbol used to indicate a paragraph or section of text

In Unicode, the Paragraph Symbol is the character at code point U+00B6. Its HTML code is ¶ and you can type it on your keyboard by pressing Alt + 0182 (in MS Word Only).

Continue reading for more details on this symbol.

Copy Paragraph Text Symbol

You can copy and paste this text Symbol wherever you need it. The copy button above will save you some time in doing so.

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

Paragraph/ Pilcrow Symbol Information Table

There is some helpful information about the Paragraph text Symbol in the table below.

SYMBOL
NAMEPilcrow
CATEGORYCopyright, Trademark, Office & Law Symbols
ALT CODE0182
SHORTCUT 1 (MS WORD)Alt + 0182
SHORTCUT 2 (MS WORD)00B6, Alt X
SHORTCUT (MAC)Option + 00B6
UNICODEU+00B6
HTML CODE¶
HEX CODE¶
HTML ENTITY
CSS CODE\00B6

To the best of our ability, the above table has presented useful information about this text Symbol, including the keyboard shortcut, Unicode, and HTML code, as well.

Continue reading to gain a better understanding of how to get this Pilcrow (¶) symbol.

How to Get the Paragraph Symbol / Pilcrow Sign

Although there is no dedicated Paragraph symbol key on the keyboard, you can still obtain it by using the keyboard.

You can also insert this symbol 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 this Pilcrow symbol, including keyboard shortcuts and methods utilizing MS Office and Google Docs’ built-in navigation systems.

The symbol for Paragraph Alt Code (Keyboard Shortcut)

The Paragraph Alt Code is Alt + 0182.

Note: This Alt Code shortcut works in Windows only.

This Alt code method can be used to type this symbol by holding down the Alt key while typing 0182 on the separate numeric keypad on the right side of the keyboard

Below is a detailed step-by-step guide you may use to type the Pilcrow symbol with your keyboard.

  • Open your Microsoft Word document where you need to type this symbol.
  • Click to place your cursor in the document where you need to type this symbol.
  • On the keyboard, press down the Alt key with one hand.
  • As you hold down the Alt key, press the Paragraph Alt Code (0182).
  • Now release the Alt key.

After you release the Alt key, the Pilcrow or Paragraph text symbol (¶) will immediately appear exactly where you place the cursor.

Insert Pilcrow / Paragraph Symbol in Word/Excel/PowerPoint

You can quickly insert the Paragraph Symbol 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 the Paragraph Symbol in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

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

The Symbol window will appear as below.

Microsoft Word Symbol Window
  • The symbol (¶) can be found in this window. To find it quickly, change the font to Segoe UI Symbol then type 00B6 in the Character code: box. The Paragraph sign 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 the Paragraph symbol (¶) and any other symbol in Microsoft Word or other Office apps on both Windows and Mac OS.

Paragraph Symbol In Google Docs

Google Docs is also another text editor with which users may struggle to type or insert the Paragraph sign.

Meanwhile, Google Docs provides the simplest method for inserting symbols that are not found on the keyboard.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

To get the Paragraph Symbol in Google Docs:

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

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

  • Using the Search bar, search for Pilcrow. Then, in the search results, double-click on the text Symbol for Paragraph to insert it into Google Docs.
  • You can also draw the Paragraph Symbol using the drawing pad located 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.

Paragraph Symbol 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 this Symbol.

Without further ado, let’s get into it.

  • Search for Character Map in the Windows Start menu.
Searching for the Character Map in Windows
  • 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.
Character Map Advanced View
  • To easily locate the Paragraph Symbol on the Character Map, change the Font to Segoe UI Symbol and search for the symbol name in the search box.

The symbol will be displayed for you to copy.

  • To copy this symbol, 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 the Paragraph symbol or other symbols on your Windows PC.

Adding Pilcrow / Paragraph in HTML/CSS

The HTML Entity for the Pilcrow symbol is ¶

The CSS code for the Pilcrow Symbol is \00B6

Symbols like the Paragraph that is not found on your keyboard can also be added in HTML using entities.

HTML entities are used to display invisible and reserved characters that would otherwise be read as HTML code. It’s in the form of a string of text that starts with an ampersand (&) and ends with a semicolon (;).

To add the Pilcrow Symbol 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>&#182;</span>

To display the Paragraph Symbol from CSS, you can use a CSS shortcode or CSS entity as shown in the example below:

// css example
span {
  content: "\00B6";
}

Conclusion

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

And as you can see above, we’ve attempted to cover as much information about the Paragraph text Symbol as possible.

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

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