In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard shortcuts plus other methods to type the Circle Symbol (text – ) in MS Word using either Windows or Mac.

Just before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you can also use the button below to copy and paste the Circle sign into your work for free.

However, if you just want to type this symbol on your keyboard, the actionable steps below will show you everything you need to know.

Quick Guide for Typing Circle Symbol Text [◯]

To type the Circle Symbol on Mac, press Option + 25EF shortcut on your keyboard. For Windows users, simply press down one of the Alt keys and type 9711 using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key.

Note: These shortcuts can work only on MS Word.

The below table contains all the information you need to type this Symbol on the keyboard for both the Mac and the Windows PC.

Symbol NameCircle
Symbol Text
Alt Code9711
Windows ShortcutAlt+9711
Mac ShortcutOption + 25EF
Word Shortcut25EF, Alt+X
circle sign shortcuts

The quick guide above provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the Circle symbol in Word on both Windows and Mac.

Below are some more different variations of the Circle Symbols with their respective alt code that can be used to type them in Word for both Windows and Mac.

Circle Symbol TextCircle Symbol NameAlt Code
🚫No Entry SignAlt + 128683
😶Face Without MouthAlt + 128566
🔵Large Blue CircleAlt + 128309
🔴Large Red CircleAlt + 128308
🔘Radio ButtonAlt + 128280
🎯Direct HitAlt + 127919
🌕Full Moon SymbolAlt + 127765
🌓First Quarter Moon SymbolAlt + 127763
🌑New Moon SymbolAlt + 127761
Ideographic Number ZeroAlt + 12295
Heavy Large CircleAlt + 11093
Circled Division SignAlt + 10808
Cross Sign In Double CircleAlt + 10807
Error-Barred Black CircleAlt + 10739
Error-Barred White CircleAlt + 10738
Black Circle With Down ArrowAlt + 10733
White Circle With Down ArrowAlt + 10732
Circle With Two Horizontal Strokes To The RightAlt + 10691
Circle With Small Circle To The RightAlt + 10690
Circled Greater-ThanAlt + 10689
Circled Less-ThanAlt + 10688
⦿Circled BulletAlt + 10687
Circled White BulletAlt + 10686
Up Arrow Through CircleAlt + 10685
Circled Anticlockwise-Rotated Division SignAlt + 10684
Circle With Superimposed XAlt + 10683
Circle Divided By Horizontal Bar And Top Half Divided By Vertical BarAlt + 10682
Circled PerpendicularAlt + 10681
Circled Reverse SolidusAlt + 10680
Circled ParallelAlt + 10679
Circled Vertical BarAlt + 10678
Circle With Horizontal BarAlt + 10677
Shadowed White CircleAlt + 10061
Telephone In CircleAlt + 9990
No EntryAlt + 9940
BaseballAlt + 9918
Unmarried Partnership SymbolAlt + 9903
Divorce SymbolAlt + 9902
Marriage SymbolAlt + 9901
Medium Small White CircleAlt + 9900
Medium Black CircleAlt + 9899
Medium White CircleAlt + 9898
Black Circle With Two White DotsAlt + 9865
Black Circle With White Dot RightAlt + 9864
White Circle With Two DotsAlt + 9863
White Circle With Dot RightAlt + 9862
Permanent Paper SignAlt + 9854
Partially-Recycled Paper SymbolAlt + 9853
Recycled Paper SymbolAlt + 9852
Yin YangAlt + 9775
Combining Enclosing Circle BackslashAlt + 8416
Right Arrow With Small CircleAlt + 8692
Circled PlusAlt + 8853
Circled MinusAlt + 8854
Circled TimesAlt + 8855
Circled Division SlashAlt + 8856
Circled Dot OperatorAlt + 8857
Circled Ring OperatorAlt + 8858
Circled Asterisk OperatorAlt + 8859
Circled EqualsAlt + 8860
Circled DashAlt + 8861
Apl Functional Symbol Circle StarAlt + 9055
Circled Horizontal Bar With NotchAlt + 9097
Circled Triangle DownAlt + 9098
Broken Circle With Northwest ArrowAlt + 9099
Dentistry Symbol Light Vertical With CircleAlt + 9152
Dentistry Symbol Light Down And Horizontal With CircleAlt + 9153
Dentistry Symbol Light Up And Horizontal With CircleAlt + 9154
Benzene Ring With CircleAlt + 9187
Black Circle For RecordAlt + 9210
White CircleAlt + 9675
Dotted CircleAlt + 9676
Circle With Vertical FillAlt + 9677
Black CircleAlt + 9679
Circle With Left Half BlackAlt + 9680
Circle With Right Half BlackAlt + 9681
Circle With Lower Half BlackAlt + 9682
Circle With Upper Half BlackAlt + 9683
Circle With Upper Right Quadrant BlackAlt + 9684
Circle With All But Upper Left Quadrant BlackAlt + 9685
Left Half Black CircleAlt + 9686
Right Half Black CircleAlt + 9687
Inverse White CircleAlt + 9689
Upper Half Inverse White CircleAlt + 9690
Lower Half Inverse White CircleAlt + 9691
Upper Half CircleAlt + 9696
Lower Half CircleAlt + 9697
Large CircleAlt + 9711
White Circle With Upper Left QuadrantAlt + 9716
White Circle With Lower Left QuadrantAlt + 9717
White Circle With Lower Right QuadrantAlt + 9718
White Circle With Upper Right QuadrantAlt + 9719
Circled White StarAlt + 10026
Circled Open Centre Eight Pointed StarAlt + 10050
Circled Heavy White Rightwards ArrowAlt + 10162
Anticlockwise Gapped Circle ArrowAlt + 10226
Clockwise Gapped Circle ArrowAlt + 10227
Right Arrow With Circled PlusAlt + 10228
Anticlockwise Closed Circle ArrowAlt + 10560
Clockwise Closed Circle ArrowAlt + 10561
Left Right Arrow Through Small CircleAlt + 10568
Upwards Two-Headed Arrow From Small CircleAlt + 10569
Empty Set With Small Circle AboveAlt + 10674
Squared Small CircleAlt + 10695
N-Ary Circled Dot OperatorAlt + 10752
N-Ary Circled Plus OperatorAlt + 10753
N-Ary Circled Times OperatorAlt + 10754
Plus Sign With Small Circle AboveAlt + 10786
Plus Sign In Left Half CircleAlt + 10797
Plus Sign In Right Half CircleAlt + 10798
Multiplication Sign In Left Half CircleAlt + 10804
Multiplication Sign In Right Half CircleAlt + 10805
Circled Multiplication Sign With Circumflex AccentAlt + 10806
Black Large CircleAlt + 11044
Left Arrow With Small CircleAlt + 11056
Left Arrow With Circled PlusAlt + 11058
Circled Postal MarkAlt + 12342
Halfwidth White CircleAlt + 65518

To type any of the above Circle Symbols in your Word document, press down one of the Alt keys on your keyboard and type the alt numbers using the numeric keypad. For example, press Alt + 9711 to type the Big Circle Symbol text into your Word document.

For more details, below are some other methods you can also use to insert this symbol into your work such as MS Word document.

How to type Circle Symbol [text] in Word

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing Circle Symbols or inserting symbols that do not have dedicated keys on the keyboard.

In this section, I will make available for you five different methods you can use to type or insert this and any other symbol on your PC, like in MS Office (ie. Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) for both Mac and Windows users.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

Using the Circle Symbol Alt Code (Windows Only)

The Circle Symbol alt code is 9711.

Even though this Symbol has no dedicated key on the keyboard, you can still type it on the keyboard with the Alt code method. To do this, press and hold the Alt key whilst pressing the Circle Alt code (i.e. 9711) using the numeric keypad.

This method works on Windows only. And your keyboard must also have a numeric keypad.

Below is a break-down of the steps you can take to type the Circle Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need the Circle Symbol text.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the Circle Symbol’s alt code (9711). You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. If you are using a laptop without the numeric keypad, this method may not work for you. On some laptops, there’s a hidden numeric keypad which you can enable by pressing Fn+NmLk on the keyboard.
  • Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.
circle symbol alt code

This is how you may type this symbol in Word using the Alt Code method.

Using the Circle Symbol Shortcut (Mac and Windows)

For Mac users, the keyboard shortcut for the Circle Symbol is Option + 25EF. For Windows users, use the Alt Code Shortcut method by pressing down one of the [Alt] keys whilst typing the symbol’s alt code which is 9711. You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. Also, ensure that your Num Lock key is turned on.

circle sign shortcuts

Below is a breakdown of the Circle Symbol shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type the symbol ().
  • Now, press Option + 25EF simultaneously on your keyboard to insert the symbol.

Below is a breakdown of the Circle Symbol shortcut for Windows (In MS Word):

  • Place the insertion pointer at the desired location.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key
  • While pressing down the Alt key, type 9711 using the numeric keypad to insert the symbol.

Below is a breakdown of the Circle Symbol shortcut for Windows (In MS Word Only):

  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you want the Circle Symbol to be inserted.
  • Type this code – 25EF.
  • After typing the code and whilst the insertion pointer is still next to the last digit in the code, press Alt + X to convert the code to the symbol.

These are the shortcuts you may use to type the Circle sign in Word .

Copy and Paste Circle Symbol ◯ (text)

Another easy way to get the Circle sign on any PC is to use my favorite method: copy and paste.

All you have to do is to copy the symbol sign from somewhere like a web page, or the character map for windows users, and head over to where you need the symbol (say in Word ), then hit Ctrl+V to paste.

Below is the symbol for you to copy and paste into your Word document. Just select it and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to Microsoft Word, place your insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.

Alternatively, just use the copy button at the beginning of this post.

For windows users, obey the following instructions to copy and paste the Circle Symbol using the character map dialog box.

  • Click on the Start button and search for Character Map. The Character Map app will appear in the search results, click to open.
search for character map on windows
  • The Character Map dialog will appear. Click to check the Advanced view check-box to expand the dialog box for more advanced options.
Check the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog
  • On the advanced view, type Circle in the Search box and press the Enter key.
  • You should now see the Circle (◯) Symbol on the character map dialog. If you can’t see it, then you should look through the library of symbols to spot it. When found, double click it to select. Alternatively, click on the Select button.
copy and paste the Circle Symbol on Windows
  • After you select the symbol by double-clicking it, it should appear in the Character to copy: field, then click on the Copy button to copy the symbol.
  • Switch to your Microsoft Word  document, place the insertion pointer at the desired location, and press Ctrl+V to paste.

This is how you may use the Character Map dialog to copy and paste any symbol on Windows PC.

Using insert Symbol dialog box (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

The insert symbol dialog box is a library of symbols from where you can insert any symbol into your Word document with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Obey the following steps to insert this symbol (◯) in Word  using the insert symbol dialog box.

  • Open your Word document.
  • Click to place the insertion pointer where you wish to insert the symbol.
  • Go to the Insert tab.
Click on the Insert tab
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select the More Symbols button.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols

The Symbol dialog box will appear.

  • To easily locate the Circle symbol, select Segoe UI Symbol font type in the Font list at the upper left section of the window. Then type 25EF in the character code field at the bottom area of the window. After typing this character code, the Circle symbol will appear selected.
  • Now click on the Insert button to insert the symbol into your document.
Inserting the Circle Symbol text in Word
  • Close the dialog.

The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you placed the insertion pointer.

These are the steps you may use to insert this Symbol in Word.


As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the Circle Sign in Microsoft Word.

Using the shortcuts for both Windows and Mac make the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

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