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Ā ā| How to Type Letter A with line over it in Word (on Keyboard)

In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard shortcuts and other methods to type or insert the letter A with line over it Symbol in MS Word for Windows.

Just before we begin, I’ll like to tell you that you can also use the button below to copy and paste the A with line over it 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.

Letter A with line over it [Ā] Quick Guide

To type the A with line over it Symbol on Word for Windows, simply press down the Alt key and type 256 or 257 using the numeric keypad of your keyboard, then let go of the Alt key. This shortcut works only on MS Word.

The below table contains all the information you need to type this Symbol in Word using the keyboard.

NameA with Macron
Uppercase Alt Code256
Lowercase Alt Code257
Shortcut (Word)Alt+256 or 257

letter a with line on top or Macron alt code

The quick guide above provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the letter A with line over it symbol in Word on Windows.

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

How to type Letter A with line over it in Word

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing the letter A with line over it or inserting symbols that do not have dedicated keys on the keyboard.

In this section, I will make available for you several different methods you can use to type or insert this and any other symbol on your PC, like in MS Word for Windows.

Without any further ado, let’s get started.

See Also: How to type Yen Symbol in Word

Using the A with line over it Alt Code (Windows Only)

The A with Macron Symbol alt code is 256.

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 A with line over it Alt code (i.e. 256) 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 letter A with Macron Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need thesymbol.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the A with Macron alt code (256 or 257). 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.
letter a with line on top or Macron alt code

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

Copy and Paste letter A with line over it (Ā)

Another easy way to get the A with line over it Symbol on any PC is to use my favorite method: copy and paste.

All you have to do is to copy the symbol 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 or Excel), 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.

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 (Ā) in Word or Excel using the insert symbol dialog box.

  • Open your Word/Excel/PowerPoint 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 A with Macron symbol, type 0100 in the character code field at the bottom of the window. After typing this character code, the A with line over it symbol will appear selected.
  • Now click on the Insert button to insert the symbol into your document.
insert letter a with line over it 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 A with Macron Sign in Microsoft Word.

Using the alt code shortcut for Word makes the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast.

Thank you very much for reading this blog.

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