How to do the yin-yang symbol on a keyboard

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How to do the yin-yang symbol on a keyboard
With the right "Alt code," you can insert a the yin-yang symbol using a keyboard. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The yin-yang symbol features dark and light spaces swirling together in a circle. Found in traditional Chinese Taoist philosophy, this symbol represents the symbiotic relationship of polar opposites, graphically indicating how light can only exist with contrasting darkness. (see References 1, page 14) Yin and yang represent interconnectedness and natural harmony. This ancient symbol is still used in modern society, though it doesn't appear directly on a standard computer keyboard. If you want to represent this ancient symbol using a keyboard, you'll need to input a special "Alt code" to access it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Keyboard with 10-key number pad

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  1. 1

    Press the "Num Lock" key and ensure the "Num Lock" light is illuminated on your keyboard. When inserting a symbol directly from your keyboard, you need to use the keyboard's 10-key number pad.

  2. 2

    Click the spot in your e-mail, word processing document, or spreadsheet where you want the yin-yang symbol to appear. In most programs, a flashing vertical bar indicates the currently selected place in your text.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the "Alt" key on your keyboard.

  4. 4

    Enter "262F" without quotes using your number pad and keyboard. Two to three seconds after you enter the code, the yin-yang symbol appears on your screen. If the symbol does not appear, or if a blank space appears, then the current program, your Web browser, or your computer may not be capable of displaying the yin-yang symbol.

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