How to Type Upside Down Exclamation Point on Keyboard


In today’s article, you’ll learn how to use some keyboard shortcuts to type the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol (text) anywhere like Word/Excel using 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 Upside Down Exclamation Mark 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 how.

Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol [¡] Quick Guide

To type the Upside Down Exclamation Mark Symbol on Mac, press [Option] + [1] shortcut on your keyboard. For Windows users, simply press down the Alt key and type 0161 using the numeric keypad, then let go of the Alt key.

These Upside Down Exclamation Point sign shortcuts can work on any software including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, on both Windows and Mac.

Below table contains all the information you need to type the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol on keyboard for both Mac and Windows.

Symbol NameInverted Exclamation Mark
Symbol¡
Alt Code0161
Shortcut for WindowsAlt+0161
Shortcut for Mac[Option] + [1]
Shortcut for Word00A1, Alt+X

Upside Down Exclamation Point shortcut

The quick guide above provides some useful shortcuts and alt codes on how to type the Upside Down Exclamation Point symbol on both Windows and Mac.

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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol [text] in Word/Excel

Microsoft Office provides several methods for typing Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol 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 the Upside Down Exclamation Point Sign 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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol Alt Code (Windows Only)

The Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol alt code is 0161. 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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol Alt code (i.e. 0161) using the numeric keypad.

Upside Down Exclamation Mark Alt Code Shortcut

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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Sign on your Windows PC:

  • Place your insertion pointer where you need the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol text.
  • Press and hold one of the Alt keys on your keyboard.
  • Whilst holding on to the Alt key, press the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol’s alt code (0161). 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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Sign Alt code to insert the Symbol into your document.

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

Using the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol Shortcut (Mac and Windows)

For Mac users, the keyboard shortcut for the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol is [Option] + [1]. For Windows users, use the Alt Code method by pressing down the [Alt] key whilst typing the Upside Down Exclamation Point sign alt code which is 0161. You must use the numeric keypad to type the alt code. Also, ensure that your Num Lock key is turned on.

Upside Down Exclamation Point shortcut

Below is a breakdown of the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol shortcut for Mac:

  • First of all, place the insertion pointer where you need to type the Upside Down Exclamation Point symbol (¡).
  • Now, press [Option] + [1] simultaneously on your keyboard to insert the symbol.

Below is a breakdown of the Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol shortcut for Windows:

  • Place the insertion pointer at the desired location.
  • Press and hold down the Alt key
  • While pressing down the Alt key, type 0161 using the numeric keypad to insert the symbol.

These are the steps you may use to type Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol in Word or Excel.

Copy and Paste Upside Down Exclamation Point Sign ¡ (text)

Another easy way to get the Upside Down Exclamation Point 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.

For windows users, obey the following instructions to copy and paste the Upside Down Exclamation Mark 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 Inverted Exclamation Mark in the Search box.
  • You should now see the Upside Down Exclamation Mark 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 Upside Down Exclamation Point 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 or Excel 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.

Insert Upside Down Exclamation Point in Word

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 Upside Down Exclamation Point Symbol in Word or Excel 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.
  • Type 00A1 in the Character code box. The symbol will appear selected.
  • Then click the Insert button. Alternatively, double click on it to insert it into your document.
How to insert Upside Down Exclamation Point 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 the Inverted Exclamation Point Symbol in Word.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are several different methods you can use to type the Upside Down Exclamation Point Sign in Microsoft Word.

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

Thank you very much for reading this blog.

If you have anything thing to say or questions to ask concerning the Upside Down Exclamation Mark Symbol, please drop it in the comments.

Thank you

Abdulai Abarika

My name is Abdulai Abarika , and I am the person behind this blog. I am a lifelong learner that is constantly fascinated by technology. I believe that fundamentally, all computer users are typists. So, learning how to type was the first step I took when I first decided to learn about technology. This blog is about teaching you how to type the symbols or characters hidden on the keyboard.

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