Most symbols of different currencies are not found in the keyboards of the laptops and PCs you can find in the market, but you can easily insert them by using special characters or symbols. For me the best way of doing this is by using shortcut keys on the keyboard. The Peso symbol is my case study in this article. Right here, I will show you how to create the Peso symbol in MS Word using Unicode and ASCII.
The Peso is one of the most common currencies used around the world. Presently, eight different countries are using the Peso nomenclature for their coinage. Each of these currencies, of course, operate with their established monetary policies and exchange rates with the Dollar. In fact, it is very likely that the Peso symbol was first used to indicate the Spanish-American Pesos in the early 18th century.
The Philippines is one of the countries that uses the Peso symbol as their monetary unit, though they use a different symbol to represent it. The Philippine Peso is denoted by the symbol “₱” when it is typed. To insert this symbol into MS word documents, you can use several methods by I actually explained the two easy ones below. The Peso sign in Word shortcut key are as follows:
How to Create the Peso Symbol in MS Word Using Unicode
Unicode is the computing standard for character sets, and you can use it to type just about any character into a word processor that supports it. Unicode characters are tied to an alphanumeric string, which when typed into a document, can be converted into the respective symbol.
The Unicode string for the Philippine Peso is 20b1. To insert the character into your MS Word document:
- Place the cursor at the place you want to insert the Peso symbol
- Type in 20b1
- Then press Alt + X simultaneously
- This should convert the string into ”₱”
How to Create the Peso Symbol in MS Word Using ASCII
Another character encoding standard widely used is ASCII. It has a more limited character set than the Unicode, and it is a little more manageable. To insert the Philippine Peso symbol using ASCII:
- Place the cursor at the area you want to add the symbol in your document
- Hold down the Alt key, and type 8369 into your numeric keypad.
NOTE: this method will not work with the numbers on the top of your keyboard. If you want to perform this operation successfully, always use the numeric keys at the right hand side of your keyboard.
Other methods you can use to generate the Peso sign includes Character Map and from Insert symbols, but I see not need going into details of these other two methods.
Either of these two methods explained in this post, while useful, requires that you remember a corresponding string assigned to a character. So, if you are required to use the Peso sign in MS Word, you can easily choose the right one for yourself.
So that sums it up on how to create Peso symbol in MS Word using Unicode and ASCII. What symbols are you using frequently? Have you memorized a Unicode or ASCII string for other symbols? You can kindly share your favourite methods used in creating special symbols in the comment box below.