How to Display a Cents Symbol in MS Word

By Morgan O'Connor

When you use Microsoft Word to talk about currency, you may need to mention a particular number of cents. In some cases, you can get away with using a construction such as "$0.22" to talk about 22 cents. If you wish to be slightly clearer, however, use the cents sign instead. Unlike the dollar sign, the cents sign is not located on your keyboard. Instead, insert the cents sign from within Microsoft Word.

Step 1

Click the location within Word where you wish to put the cents sign to place your cursor there.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab near the top of Word. This is the third tab, following "File" and "Home." This displays a variety of options in the bar just below the tabs.

Step 3

Click the "Symbol" icon in the "Symbols" section of this bar. This opens a list of 20 symbols. Click the "More Symbols" option at the bottom of this list. This opens a new window full of symbols.

Step 4

Click the "Symbols" tab in this window. Set the font to "(normal text)." Change the subset to "Latin-1 Supplement." The cents symbol now appears in the list of symbols. Click it then click "Insert" to insert the symbol into your document at the location of the cursor. Click "Close" to close this window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another method is to open the window of symbols as described. Instead of switching to the "Latin-1 Supplement" subset, simply type the characters "00A2" without the quotation marks into the "Character code" box at the bottom of this window. This highlights the cents sign. Click "Insert" then "Close" as normal.
  • You can also insert the cents symbol by using your keyboard alone. Place your cursor where you wish to place the symbol. Press and hold the "Ctrl" key, then press the "/" key. Release the "Ctrl" and "/" keys, and then press the "c" key. This inserts the cents sign at the location of your cursor.