How To Add A Cent '¢' Symbol On Your Computer

How To Add A Cent ‘¢’ Symbol On Your Computer

No matter which keyboard you pick, either they are the expensive mechanic keyboards or the cheap ones on Wish, no keyboard in this world has a dedicated ‘¢’ button on it. Instead, we have the ‘$’ sign on those numbers buttons on the keyboard.

Maybe, the keyboard companies including Microsoft and Apple knew that inflation would reach so high that we won’t be seeing those cents. To their dismay, boy they were wrong.

Jokes aside, we still have the symbol cent ¢ on the menus and websites. Moreover, doesn’t it look way better when we see 50¢ instead of $0.5? Furthermore, they are countless items that are still under a dollar.

Now for the ultimate question. How do we add that cent symbol on the computer? Well, there are numerous ways from a difficulty level of 0 to 10. Selecting which one you prefer is your own choice. So, let’s begin:

Method 1: The Good Old Copy Paste To Write Cent

Difficulty level: 0

Behold, here’s the mighty cent symbol for you to copy. Though you can also copy it from the above paragraphs.

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Copy Pasting Cent Symbol on Windows Computer

Step 1: Select and highlight the cent symbol (by dragging the pointer on it)

Step 2: Either use the keyboard shortcut for copying or cutting which is ‘Ctrl‘ + ‘C‘ or ‘Ctrl‘ + ‘X‘ or if you don’t have a keyboard, press ‘Right Click on your mouse and select ‘Copy.

Step 3: Paste it into any document by either pasting it with the keyboard shortcut of ‘Ctrl‘ + ‘V‘ or by ‘Right Clicking‘ near the writing bar and selecting the ‘Paste‘ option if you are on the mouse.

Copy Pasting Cent Symbol on MacOS

Step 1: Select and highlight the cent symbol (by dragging the pointer on it)

Step 2: Either use the keyboard shortcut for copying or cutting which is ‘Command‘ + ‘C’ or ‘Command‘ + ‘X‘ or if you don’t have a keyboard, press ‘Right Click on your mouse and select ‘Copy‘.

Step 3: Paste it into any document by either pasting it with the keyboard shortcut of ‘Ctrl‘ + ‘V‘ or by ‘Right Clicking’ near the writing bar and selecting the ‘Paste‘ option if you are on the mouse.

Copy Pasting Cent Symbol on iPhone and Android

Step 1: Select and highlight the cent symbol (by either long touch or touch and drag)

Step 2: A pop-up appears with the options of copy, cut, and paste. Select the ‘Copy’ option.

Step 3: Long press where you want to add it or look on your phone keyboard in the copied item and ‘Paste’ it.

Note: Please paste the above symbol as ‘Plain text’ to match your current font style, otherwise it will look pasted from some other source. However, if you don’t want to do that, here’s the cent in the plain text mentioned below:

¢

Method 2: Typing The Cent Symbol From The Keyboard

Adding Cent Symbol in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and Publisher

On Windows:

Difficulty level: 3

Adding a cent symbol requires you to follow a three-combination keyboard shortcut which is: Ctrl + / + C.

Step 1: Press the ‘Ctrl’ button and hold it.

Step 2: Press the ‘/’ button and also hold it. You will now be holding ‘Ctrl’ and ‘/’.

Step 3: Now press the button ‘C’.

The ¢ will now appear.

How to type cent symbol on Word from Windows keyboard

On Mac:

Difficulty level: 2

On Apple notebooks with Macintosh OS, adding the cent symbol is much easier. It requires a keyboard shortcut of Option + 4.

Step 1: Press the ‘Option’ button and hold it.

Step 2: Press the ‘4’ button.

How to type cent symbol on Word from Mac keyboard

Alternative:

In Word, you can go to Insert > Symbol > More Symbols > Add ¢.

How to type cent symbol - Word

Adding Cent Symbol in Any Other Editing Application

Difficulty level: 8 (needs to have a numeric pad)

The real problem begins when one has to add a cent symbol in other applications apart from Microsoft’s one. For this, the ALT code for the cent symbol comes in handy which is applicable on almost every Microsoft application and several web apps including Facebook.

What is the ALT code for Cent?

Alt + 0162

Step 1: Press and hold the Alt button

Step 2: Now single press ‘0’, ‘1’, ‘6’, ‘2’ on your Numpad of keyboard in the same sequence as mentioned while still holding the Alt key.

Alternatives:

If it doesn’t work or you don’t have a numpad try using:

  • The Numeric pad of your keyboard to press those numbers. Make sure that the number lock is ON.
  • On laptops, you don’t have the numeric pad, but there are numbers right above the QWERTY section. Just make sure that you have set the function key option, try turning ON/OFF that key before using the alt code.
  • Use can also use the On-screen keyboard if you don’t have a numeric pad. Just press Option + Command + F5 if you are on Mac OS and Windows + Ctrl + O on Windows 7 and above.
How to type cent symbol - Alt code

ASCII Code for Cent Symbol

Difficulty level: 8 (needs to have a numeric pad)

Similar to the alt code, Windows also uses the ASCII code as well for the cent symbol which is:

Alt + 189

Step 1: Press and hold the Alt button

Step 2: Now single press ‘1’, ‘8’, ‘9’ on your numeric pad of keyboard in the same sequence as mentioned while still holding the Alt key.

How to type cent symbol - ASCII code

Adding Cent Symbol on Android Keyboard (Samsung, Xiaomi, Motorola, Sony, etc)

Difficulty level: 4

To type the cent symbol on Android:

Step 1: Open your Android keyboard

Step 2: Switch to the numbers and symbols keypad (by pressing ‘?123’)

Step 3: Long press the ‘$‘ symbol

Step 4: You will now see other currency symbols, tap the ¢ symbol to add it.

Tip: If you are using the ¢ symbol so much, try customizing your Android keyboard to save time.

How To Type A Cent Symbol On Your Android Phone

Adding Cent Symbol on iOS Keyboard (iPhone)

Difficulty level: 4

Adding the cent symbol on iPhone is the same as adding it on the Android keyboard.

Step 1: Open your Android keyboard

Step 2: Switch to the numbers and symbols keypad (by pressing ‘?123’)

Step 3: Long press the ‘$‘ symbol

Step 4: You will now see other currency symbols, tap the ¢ symbol to add

Quick Overview of the Shortcuts For Adding Cent Symbol

ApplicationShortcut
FacebookAlt + 0162
Microsoft Office (Word etc)Ctrl + / + C (Windows)
Option + 4 (Mac)
Other Applications and WebAlt + 0162
Dell, HP, Asus, LenovoAlt + 0162
Google Docs and SheetsAlt + 0162
Android Phone?123 >> $ (long hold) >>¢
iOS Phone (iPhone)?123 >> $ (long hold) >>¢

What Happened To The ¢ symbol?

The cent symbol is no longer on the keyboards thanks to inflation. Today, the $ symbol is more commonly used than the ¢. It started to disappear in the mid-1980s and became so rare in the 1990s.

Apart from this, the symbol surprisingly perished when the computer era started. Since the data needed to be stored must be uniform in the databases and spreadsheets, developers preferred dollars over cents. Moreover, writing in $ also decreases the digits as well which is more readable and saves time while typing. For example, which one better represents 1 million dollars; 100,000,000 cents or $1,00,000?

FAQs

Is the cent symbol the same for the Australian, Canadian, and US dollars?

Yes, Australian, Canadian, and US dollars cent is the same and is represented by ¢.

Is the cent symbol inserted before or after the price tag?

The cent symbol is inserted after the price tag. For example 99¢


Is the cent symbol still used?

Yes, the cent symbol is still in use. There are many items that are under $1 and mostly represented with the cent sign instead of $. Moreover, many items don’t have a fixed price, so they are also mentioned in ¢ along with $.

How To Add A Cent '¢' Symbol On Your Computer
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