How to Insert a Registered Trademark Symbol

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How to Insert a Registered Trademark Symbol
The registered trademark and other symbols are accessed with the "Alt" key. (Set of simbols image by PaulPaladin from

The registered trademark symbol "®" is frequently used in business writing to denote the intellectual property of a business or organisation. Unfortunately, because of the limited amount of space for symbols on a computer keyboard, there is no single key for typing the registered trademark symbol as there are for more commonly used symbols and punctuation. To insert the registered trademark symbol into a document that you are typing, you need to type the "alt code" associated with that symbol.

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  1. 1

    Click with the mouse or use the keyboard arrow keys to place the blinking cursor where you want the registered trademark symbol to appear.

  2. 2

    Hold down the "Alt" key in the lower-left corner of the keyboard. If you have a laptop keyboard with a blue "Fn" key, hold it down as well.

  3. 3

    Type the numbers "0-1-7-4" using the dedicated keypad on the right side of the keyboard. If you are using a laptop keyboard with a blue "Fn" key, type these numerals using the keys marked with blue numbers.

  4. 4

    Release the "Alt" and "Fn" keys. The ® symbol appears at the location of the blinking cursor.

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  • You can also type a registered trademark symbol on the Mac. Press the "Option" and "R" keys simultaneously to make the ® symbol appear at the location of the cursor.

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