How to Add the Copyright Symbol on a Mac or Windows PC

  • You can add a copyright symbol to a document to indicate that a work is protected by copyright law.
  • In Windows, you can press Alt + 0169 on the numeric keypad.
  • On a Mac, insert the copyright symbol by pressing Option+G.

The copyright symbol is a special character that you may need to add to documents to indicate that certain types of content are protected by copyright law. Creative works such as literature, music, photos and dramatic works are among the most often protected by copyright. There’s no copyright symbol on the keyboard, but it’s easy to insert whether you’re using Windows or a Mac.

How to Create the Copyright Symbol on a Windows PC

If your Windows computer has a keyboard with a numeric keypad, you can insert the copyright symbol into any type of document using a so-called Alt code.

1. Press and hold the Other key.

2. Press the numbers 0169 on the numeric keypad.

3. When you release the Other button, the copyright symbol will appear.

If your computer does not have a numeric keypad, you can insert the copyright symbol using the character map instead.

1. In the Start search box, type “Character” and click Character map when you see it appear in search results.

2. Find it copyright symbol and double click on it.

3. You should see the copyright appear in the field at the bottom of the window. Click on Copy.

4. Close the Character Map application – you don’t need it anymore.

5. Paste the symbol into your document.

The copyright symbol selected in the Character Map application for Windows.

Double-click the copyright symbol to make it appear in the copy field at the bottom of the window.

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How to Make the Copyright Symbol on a Mac

Inserting the copyright symbol into any type of document on the Mac is simple, but you’ll need to memorize a keyboard shortcut. In any app or document, tap Options + G on your keyboard, and the copyright symbol will appear in the document.

James V. Hayes