How to Add a Copyright Symbol in Google Docs

Documents often require content other than basic text and numbers. Sometimes that might be a table or a picture, but other times it’s special symbols or characters.

One symbol that you might need to use in your document is a copyright symbol. While you could have explored options like a small copyright symbol picture, or copying it from another document, you can actually add a copyright symbol in Google Docs using a menu in the application.

Use these steps to insert a copyright symbol in Google Docs.

Open your document from Google Drive.

Visit to view your documents.

Click at the point in the document where you want the copyright symbol.

choose where to add the copyright symbol

Choose the “Insert” tab at the top of the window.

click the Insert tab

Click the “Special characters” option in the menu.

select the Special characters option

Click the “Arrows” dropdown menu and select the “Miscellaneous” option.

click the arrow dropdown and choose Miscellaneous

Select the copyright symbol to insert it into the document.

how to add a copyright symbol in Google Docs

The steps above were performed using the Google Chrome desktop Web browser. Note that you can also do this in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Microsoft Edge.

You can use the keyboard shortcut of Alt + 0169 as an alternate way to add a copyright symbol in Google Docs. That works for many other Windows applications as well. However, it needs to be the number keys on the keypad. You can’t use the number keys above the letters.

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