How to Add a Copyright, Trademark or Registered Mark to a Word Document

By David Weedmark

Learn the different ways to quickly insert the copyright, trademark and registered trademark symbols in a Word document.

The copyright, trademark and registered trademark symbols are often required to be used by rights holders whenever you discuss printed works, products or company names. If you write a lot of business documents, it's good to know there is more than one way to insert these symbols in an Office document, including Microsoft Word 2013.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Microsoft Office has many keyboard shortcuts that use the Ctrl-Alt keys, including the copyright, trademark and registered symbols.

  • Press Ctrl-Alt-C to insert the copyright symbol: ©.
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-T to insert the trademark symbol: .
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-R to insert the registered symbol: ®.

Using AutoCorrect

AutoCorrect is turned on by default.

Microsoft Office's AutoCorrect will substitute a C, T or R enclosed by parenthesis for the copyright, trademark or registered symbol, respectively. The AutoCorrect feature is turned on by default in Word 2013. If you disabled AutoCorrect, you can turn it back on again by clicking the File tab, selecting Options and then Proofing. Click the AutoCorrect Options button and then put a check mark in the Replace text as you type box.

  • Type (c) to insert ©.
  • Type (tm) to insert .
  • Type (r) to insert ®.

Note that AutoCorrect symbol replacement only works for the default HTML or Rich Text formats, not plain text format.

Symbols

Click More Symbols to see the full selection.

To add symbols manually, click the Insert tab, then click Symbol in the Symbols group and then, if the copyright, trademark or registered symbol you want isn't showing, click More Symbols. Then select Special Characters where all three should be listed.

Using the Character Map

Windows Character Map.

The Windows Character Map contains a huge selection of symbols, including the copyright, trademark and registered symbols. The nice thing about the Character Map is that you can leave it open while you're working on a document so you can select a new symbol whenever you need one. Additionally, it works with any text-based app, including Notebook and Web-based text fields.

Select a font, click the symbol you want then click the Select and Copy buttons to copy the selected symbol to the computer's clipboard. Pressing Ctrl-V inserts the symbol into the document.