In today’s article, you’ll learn about all the available methods and shortcuts you can use to type the Underscore (_) symbol on your keyboard, whether you are using Windows or Mac, and whether you are working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or in your browser.
Without any further ado, let’s get started.
But before we begin, you can also use the button below to easily copy and paste the Underscore Sign for free.
Below is an image of a keyboard showing where the Underscore key is located on the keyboard.
However, if copy and paste aren’t what you are looking for, and you cannot also find or type the (_) Symbol key on your keyboard, continue reading below on how you can type the Underscore Sign using some shortcuts.
Underscore Symbol [_] Quick Help
To type the Underscore (_) symbol on your keyboard, press Shift + – for both Windows and Mac. Alternatively, press and hold the Alt key and type the Underscore alt code which is 95 on the numeric keypad, then release the alt key.
|Windows/Mac Shortcut||Shift + –|
|Windows Alt Code Shortcut||Alt + 95|
The above quick guide provides some useful tips on how to type _ Symbol including shortcuts and alt codes you can use on both Windows and Mac. However, below are some other methods you can also leverage to insert this symbol into your Word document.
5 ways to type the Underscore on Keyboard
Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing 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 utilize to type or insert the Underscore Symbol in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or any text editor for both Mac and Windows users.
Without any further ado, let’s get started.
1. Using the Underscore Symbol key on the keyboard
Where is the Underscore Symbol key on the Keyboard?
On most keyboards, the _ Symbol key is located on the same key as the [-] key. Pressing this key gives you -. In order to type this symbol, press down the shift key before you press on the [-] key.
Thus, the keyboard shortcut for Underscore Symbol is Shift + – for both Windows and Mac.
2. Using the Underscore Symbol Alt Code (Windows Only)
The Underscore Symbol alt code is 95.
Even though this symbol has a dedicated key on most English keyboards, you can also use the Alt Numpad Input Method (AKA Alt Code Method) to type this symbol. This can be done by pressing and holding the Alt key whilst typing the Underscore Symbol Alt code (95) using the numeric keypad.
This method is for Windows only. And your keyboard must also have a numeric keypad.
If you don’t still get it, just obey the following instructions to type the Underscore Symbol using the alt code method:
- Place your insertion pointer where you need the symbol.
- Press and hold the Alt key on your keyboard.
- Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the symbol’s alt code (95). 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 keystrokes on the keyboard.
- Release the Alt key after typing the Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.
This is how you may type this symbol in anywhere on your Windows PC using the Alt Code method.
3. Using the Underscore Symbol Shortcut (Windows and Mac)
The keyboard shortcut for Underscore Symbol is Shift + – for both Windows and Mac. Alternatively, for Windows, use the Alt Code method by pressing down the alt key and typing the alt code of 95 on the numeric keypad.
To type the Underscore Symbol with a shortcut, obey the instructions below:
- First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type the Symbol.
- For both Windows and Mac, press and hold the Shift key and hit once on the [-] (Minus) key.
- Alternatively, for windows users, press and hold the alt key and type 95 on the number pad.
These are the steps you may use to type this symbol in Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
4. Copy and Paste the Underscore Symbol
Another easy way to get the Underscore 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 document. Just select it and press Ctrl+C to copy, switch over to your text editor, place your insertion pointer at the desired location and press Ctrl+V to paste.
For windows users, you may also obey the following instructions to copy and paste this [_] and any other 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 on it to open.
- The Character Map dialog will appear. Click on the Advanced view checkbox to expand the dialog box for more options.
- On the advanced view, type Low Line in the Search box. This is the official name for the _ Symbol.
- You should now see only the Underscore Symbol on the character map dialog. Double click on the symbol to select it. Alternatively, click on the Select button.
- After you select the symbol by double-clicking on 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.
5. Using insert Symbol dialog box
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 the Underscore 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.
- In the Symbols category, click on the Symbol drop-down and select the More Symbols button.
- The Symbol dialog box will appear. In the Subset drop-down list, select Basic Latin to display symbols in that category which includes the Underscore Symbol.
- Select the symbol and click on the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on the symbol to insert it into your Word document.
- Close the dialog.
The symbol will then be inserted exactly where you place the insertion pointer in the beginning.
These are the steps you may use to insert the Underscore Symbol in Word or Excel or PowerPoint using the Symbol library.
As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the Underscore Symbol on the keyboard.
Using the shortcuts for both Windows and Mac make the fastest option for this task. Shortcuts are always fast and save time.
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