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§ – How to type Section symbol in Word/Excel (+ shortcut)

The section symbol is a typographic mark used to reference a particular section of a document. This sign is mostly used in legal documents when citing numbered sections.

In this article, you’ll learn how to type the Section symbol for both Windows and Mac. Without wasting much time, let’s get started.

You can also use the button below to copy and paste the section symbol.

If the copy and paste button isn’t what you want, obey the following instructions to type this symbol using your keyboard or shortcuts.

How to type Section Symbol (Alt code Shortcut)

The Section symbol alt code is 0167.

The easiest way to type the Section symbol is to use the Alt Code shortcut method. This method is used to type symbols and characters that has not been assigned a key on the keyboard.

To type the Section symbol, press and hold the alt key whilst you type the symbol’s alt code which is 0167 on the numeric keypad, then release the Alt Code. This method works only on Windows. For Mac users, explore the other options.

type section symbol in Word with alt code shortcut

The table below shows some vital information about the Section symbol:

Symbol NameSection sign
Alt Code0167
Shortcut for Windows[Alt] + [0167]
Shortcut for Mac[Option] + [6]

Below are the step-by-step instructions to type the Section sign in Windows:

  • Step 1: Open up your document that will contain the Section symbol.
  • Step 2: Place the insertion pointer where you need the symbol.
  • Step 3: Press down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  • Step 4: Whilst still holding on to the alt key, type 0167 on the numeric keypad.
  • Step 5: Release the Alt key.

As soon as you release the Alt key after pressing the alt code, the Section symbol will be insert into your document.

Type Section symbol with shortcut for Mac

The Section symbol shortcut for mac is [Option] + [6]. To type Section with this shortcut, press and hold the [Option] whilst you type the number [6] key on your keyboard.

section symbol shortcut for Mac

Insert Section Symbol in Word/Excel

Using the Alt Code method for Windows, and the Shortcut for Mac, you can easily insert this symbol (§) anywhere on your PC or Laptop including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

However, for alternative ways to insert this symbol in Word or Excel, please explore the remaining sections below.

There are two easy ways you can insert the Section symbol in Word. One involved using the Special Characters tab in the Symbol dialog. And the other option uses a similar method on the Symbols tab of the same Symbol dialog.

Option 1: Using the Symbol dialog box (Special Character tab)

You don’t need to use the keyboard in this method and the next. It is a mouse-based approach that involved just a few clicks.

Without any further ado, below are the steps to insert the section symbol and any other symbol in Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint:

  • On the Insert tab, in the Symbols group, click Symbol then More Symbols… from the drop-down menu.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols
  • The Symbol dialog box will appear. Click on the Special Character tab.
Special characters tab on the Symbol dialog
  • As seen in the screenshot above, locate the section symbol and click on the Insert button to add it to your document.

Option 2: Using the Symbol tab of the Symbol dialog

This option involved using the insert symbol dialog box. This dialog is a library of symbols that contains all the symbols you can think of.

To use this option, obey the following instructions:

Obey the following instructions to learn how:

  • Launch your Excel or Word or PowerPoint document
  • Click to place the insertion pointer at where you wish to insert the Section sign(§). For Excel or PowerPoint, select the cell or slide that will contain this symbol respectively.
  • Go to the Insert tab of your document.
  • In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select More Symbols.
Go to Symbols>More Symbols
  • The Symbol dialog box will appear with the Symbols tab active. In the Subset drop-down list, select Latin-1 Supplement to display symbols in this category which includes the Section symbol.
  • Select the symbol and hit the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on it to insert it into your document.
insert section symbol in Word
  • Close the dialog.

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

These are the steps you may use to insert the Section sign into your Word/Excel/PowerPoint document.

Section symbol copy and paste

Another easy way you can get the Section sign is to copy it from somewhere like a webpage or from another document. And then head over to the document you need it and paste it there.

This is one of the easiest ways you can effortlessly insert this symbol into your Documents.

Without further ado, click on the button below to copy the Section symbol:

Alternatively, for Windows users:

  • Search for Character map and launch the app.
  • At the bottom of the Character Map dialog, type “Section” inside the search box and press Enter.
copy section symbol on the Character Map
  • The symbol will appear, double click on it to add it to the Characters to copy: box.
  • The hit on the Copy button to copy the section symbol.
  • Head over your document and hit Ctrl+V to paste the copied symbol.

These are all the smart ways you can type this and any other special symbol or character in Word Excel or PowerPoint, for both Windows and Mac.

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