Guide to Insert Cent Symbol on Windows, Word, Mac, and Smartphones

| Updated on March 26, 2024

We all are very well familiar with the Dollar($) sign, and it even attracts all of us when it comes along with a number.  But have you noticed that little cent symbol (¢) that is also a part of U.S. currency? It often comes when dealing with amounts less than $1 that is why it is less attractive but still, 100 cents equal $1, so you should be equally interested in cents now. Nevertheless, the main reason you are reading this is to know how you can type a cent sign while working on your computer or smartphone. 

The cent symbol can’t be found on most of the keyboards and that’s what makes it difficult for those who have to use it every day in their life. Either you can copy it online and then paste it into your document or if you are like me; lazy enough to copy the cent symbol online, then this guide is going to be so useful for you as I have compiled all the shortcuts to avoid any trouble in the future; no matter what device I use, I will just check my article to learn the keyboard shortcut to create the cent symbol and so you can do. 

For the convenience of my readers, I have created the bookmarks for every device and program, so you can just jump onto your device or program and learn the shortcut for the cent symbol; so now let’s just begin:

Cent Symbol- A Brief Introduction

Cent is a monetary unit of many national currencies including the USA and represents 1/100 of the monetary unit. For instance, 1USD=100¢. The word ‘cent’ has been derived from the Latin word ‘centum’ that means ‘hundred’. Cent is also often referred to as ‘penny’ or ‘centavo’ with the same monetary value. The cent sign is often written with a stroke on the letter ‘c’.

If we talk about the use of the cent sign, it is most commonly used in price listings and advertisements to represent the amount less than $1

  • For instance, you can write 63 cents as 63¢ or $0.63. 

It is always better to write the value in cents rather than with a leading zero amount of dollars. However, it is not as easy to type a cent symbol as it is in the case of dollar signs; you don’t get it labeled on the keyboard. 

However, being a part of Unicode, it is the international standard for displaying text on computers, smartphones, and other devices; so that means most modern devices come with the cent sign and there are also some ways you can enter it digitally.

Type Cent Sign On Windows

Keyboard Shortcut:- Alt + 0162

To type a cent sign on Microsoft Windows, you need to use the Alt key along with a numeric code that you have to type while holding down the ALT key on your keyboard.

So, to type the cent sign on Microsoft Windows, type 0162 while holding the ALT key and then release it, and it will automatically enter a cent sign.


If you are not able to create the cent sign using the numbers given at the top slot, you can try using the numbers on the right side of the keyboard. 

Use Windows’ Character Map Program

You can also look for the Alt code of cent sign or any other symbol using the Windows Character Map utility, an inbuilt tool in Windows. 

To use this program:

  • Go to the Start menu and type ‘Character Map’ in the ‘search programs and files’ box
  • Click on ‘Character Map’ from search results
  • You can search for the symbol by scrolling through the list of characters that has a lot of symbols; just select the symbol and copy it and then paste it in the required place.
Search for the symbol on the character map
  • Or you can use the search box to type cent and directly jump onto the symbol; as you can see the keystroke for cent sign is given as ‘Alt+0162’. Select the sign and copy it and then paste it wherever required.
Type cent in the search box to find its symbol

Apart from that, you can always look for the symbol in the search engine like Google or Bing and then copy it from there to use it anywhere. 


If you are working online on Google Docs, you will need to press the same code i.e. Alt+0162 to create a cent sign.

Type Cent Sign in Microsoft Word

Keyboard Shortcut:- Alt + 0162 OR 00A2 Alt + X

To type a cent sign on Microsoft Word, you need to use the Alt key along with a numeric code that you have to type while holding down the ALT key on your keyboard.

So, to type the cent sign on Microsoft Word, type 0162 while holding the ALT key and then release it, and it will automatically enter a cent sign.

Alternatively, type 00A2 on your Word document and then press the Alt key and X key together and once you release it, it will automatically enter a cent sign. 

For Microsoft Word as well, you can use the ‘Character Map’ program provided by Windows or you can just copy the sign from a search engine and then paste it into your Word document.

Type Cent Sign On Apple MacOS

Keyboard Shortcut:- Option + 4 

To type a cent sign using your Mac keyboard, press both the Option key and the number 4 key at the same time; this will work on all versions of macOS and Macintosh systems. 


On some Mac keyboards (the Apple keyboards UK/Europe) the Option key may be given as the ALT key instead.

Use Apple’s Built-in Character Viewer

Another option to insert a cent sign on your Apple device is to use Apple’s built-in Character Viewer. 

  • Hold down the Control and Command keys and press the SpaceBar to open the ‘Character Viewer’.
  • Then search for the cent symbol using the menu or scroll through the list.
  • Click on the cent symbol to insert it into the program you are using. 

Type Cent Sign On Smartphones

To type the cent sign on your smartphone, you can use the default virtual keyboards in Android and iOS smartphones as they already have a cent sign.

To type the cent sign using other keyboards on your smartphone, you can just press and hold the Dollar $ key on the keyboard. Select the cent sign or any other currency symbol that you want to insert. 

Press $ sign on your phone and select cent symbol

Type Cent Sign in HTML

Keyboard Shortcut:- 
HTML Entity Decimal:- ¢
HTML Entity Hexadecimal:- ¢
HTML Entity Name:- ¢

You can insert the cent sign in HTML documents, you can use decimal, hexadecimal or entity name.

Here are some Code Examples for HTML for inserting cent symbol in HTML using decimal, hexadecimal and entity name.




That’s how you can make a cent sign on different devices and programs.

Chitra Joshi

Content Writer & Marketer

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