How to type a paw symbol

Written by richard kalinowski
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How to type a paw symbol
With the right text, you can symbolically represent tracks with a keyboard. (NA/ Images)

Text messaging and computers have changed the way people use the English language. While symbols have always been a part of language, words like "emoticon" only entered humankind's lexicon since the late 20th century. Text-based symbols are so widely used that computer programs are now equipped with specialised codes to insert smiley faces, hearts and other symbols with a single keystroke. Unfortunately for animal lovers, paw symbols do not have a special code, and you still need to type out these symbols using a series of characters on your standard computer keyboard.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Type a "<" symbol and a capital "O."

  2. 2

    Hit the "Enter" key and type another "<" and "O."

  3. 3

    Press the space bar, type two hyphens, and type another capital "O."

  4. 4

    Hit the "Enter" key and two one last "<O." The end result is a text-based paw symbol, represented below:


    <O -- O


Tips and warnings

  • You can substitute hyphens for the carets if you want thinner talons on your paw, or use a bracket or parenthesis for wider claws. There is no one way to send a paw via text or instant message, so you can adjust any of the symbols for different effects.

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