How to Make the Copyright "C"

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How to Make the Copyright "C"
The copyright symbol. (copyright image by cam422 from

You can make a copyright symbol, that C with a circle around it, easily in Microsoft products and elsewhere. If you make the copyright symbol in one application, you can copy it into the interface of another application that can't make the symbol.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    With a PC keyboard, either hold down the "Alt" key and type "0169," or hold down the "Ctrl" and "Alt" keys simultaneously and then type "C."

  2. 2

    On a Mac, hold down the "Option" key while pressing "G."

  3. 3

    In Microsoft Word, open the "Insert" drop-down menu, select "Symbol" and "Normal Text" as the font, click on the copyright symbol and click "Insert."

  4. 4

    Alternately, in Microsoft Word you can type "(c)." The AutoCorrect feature will turn it into a copyright symbol unless it has been disengaged. If this doesn't work, type "(c)" followed by a space.

  5. 5

    In HTML code, type "©" to make the symbol.

Tips and warnings

  • On a PC, you can go into "Start," "All Programs," "Accessories," "System Tools," "Character Map" and find the shortcut strokes for various characters.
  • To paste the symbol to another application, you may have to press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys simultaneously, if the pasting function isn't accessible through any drop-down menu.

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