If you deal with international finance or write for an Indian company or website, knowing how to type the Rupee symbol is useful. Ever since the symbol was introduced back in 2010 it has been used across the world where the currency is mentioned. Typing the Rupee symbol isn’t as simple as it could be when using a Latin keyboard layout and neither are other currencies. This tutorial is going to address that.
Depending on your region, your keyboard and operating system will be set up for $, £, € or something else. Most western keyboards will work with $, £ and € while others will have their own local currency configured as default. You can change that default though, or manually type the currency symbol you’re looking for.
To change the default language in Windows:
- Right click the Windows Start button and select Settings.
- Select Time & Language and then Region & Language.
- Select the language settings you require.
- Select Options and Add a keyboard.
- Select the keyboard language.
To change the default keyboard on a Mac:
- Select the Apple icon and System Preferences.
- Select Keyboard and Input Settings.
- Select the Plus sign in the bottom left, add the keyboard you want and select Add.
- Select it on the right pane on the previous window, select Add for the layout.
- Select the keyboard in the left pane to set it as default.
How to type the Rupee symbol
If you’re in the west, the Rupee symbol will likely be installed on your device but not identified on the keyboard. If you’re running a recent version of Windows 10 or Mac OS, it will work with Alt codes or the Unicode standard and will likely be set up type Rupee.
The Alt code you want is Left Alt + 8377 to type ₹. You must use Left Alt and must use the number pad on the right of the keyboard. Using the numbers above the letters will not work.
You can use Unicode too, Hold down Left Alt, hit X and type 20B9.
You can also use the Windows Character Map if you prefer. Type ‘charmap’ into the Windows Search box and find the Rupee symbol in there. You can search by Unicode to make it faster.
Alt codes for world currencies
If you’re looking for other codes for currency symbols, here they are. The first column is the Alt code, the second is the Unicode, third the symbol and fourth is the description.
- 0036 0024 $ US Dollar Symbol
- 0128 20AC € Euro Symbol
- 0131 0192 ƒ Dutch Florin
- 0162 00A2 ¢ Cent Sign
- 0163 00A3 £ British Pound
- 0164 00A4 ¤ General Currency
- 0165 00A5 ¥ Japanese Yen
- 13136 3350 ㍐ Square Yuan
- 1423 058F ֏ Armenian Dram Sign
- 1547 060B ؋ Afghani Sign
- 2546 09F2 ৲ Bengali Rupee Mark
- 2547 09F3 ৳ Bengali Rupee Sign
- 2801 0AF1 ૱ Gujarati Rupee Sign
- 3065 0BF9 ௹ Tamil Rupee Sign
- 3647 0E3F ฿ Thai Baht
- 50896 C6D0 원 Korean Won
- 6107 17DB ៛ Khmer Symbol Riel
- 65020 FDFC ﷼ Saudi Arabiya Rial
- 65129 FE69 ﹩ Small Dollar Symbol
- 65284 FF04 ＄ Full Width Dollar Sign
- 65504 FFE0 ￠ Full Width Cent
- 65505 FFE1 ￡ Full Width Pound Sign
- 8352 20A0 ₠ Old Euro Currency
- 8353 20A1 ₡ Colon Symbol
- 8354 20A2 ₢ Cruzeiro Symbol
- 8355 20A3 ₣ French Franc
- 8356 20A4 ₤ Lira Symbol
- 8357 20A5 ₥ Mill Sign
- 8358 20A6 ₦ Nigerian Naira
- 8359 20A7 ₧ Spanish Peseta
- 8360 20A8 ₨ Old Indian Rupee
- 8361 20A9 ₩ South Korean Won
- 8362 20AA ₪ Israeli New Sheqel
- 8363 20AB ₫ Vietnamese Dong
- 8364 20AC € Euro Symbol
- 8365 20AD ₭ Laos Kip
- 8366 20AE ₮ Mongolian Tugrik
- 8367 20AF ₯ Greece Drachma
- 8368 20B0 ₰ German Penny Sign
- 8369 20B1 ₱ Philippine Peso
- 8370 20B2 ₲ Paraguayan Guarani
- 8371 20B3 ₳ Argentine Austral
- 8372 20B4 ₴ Ukrainian Hryvnia
- 8373 20B5 ₵ Ghana Cedi
- 8374 20B6 ₶ Old Livre Tournois Sign
- 8375 20B7 ₷ Esperanto Spesmilo
- 8376 20B8 ₸ Tenge Sign
- 8377 20B9 ₹ Indian Rupee Symbol
- 8378 20BA ₺ Turkish Lira
- 8379 20BB ₻ Nordic Mark
- 8380 20BC ₼ Azerbaijan Manat
- 8381 20BD ₽ Russian Ruble
- 8382 20BE ₾ Georgia Lari
- 8383 20BF ₿ Bitcoin Symbol
- Ctrl + E € Euro Symbol
Alt codes have a couple of advantages over Unicode. They are easier to use as long as your keyboard has a number pad and they can work online with a minor modification. If you’re publishing on the web, you may find this a distinct advantage.
Where you would type Left Alt + 0036 for the $ in Word or other text editor. In HTML it would be $. You can use this HTML format for any currency listed above and your website should render it correctly.