How to Make a Copyright Sign

By Amie Martin

It is good practice to include a copyright sign (©) in public documents to protect your copyrighted material and/or to acknowledge the copyright of another source. Unlike more commonly used signs (or symbols) such as "@" or "&," the copyright sign is not found on your keyboard. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to make a copyright sign on your computer.

AutoCorrect Entry

Step 1

Open the Microsoft program and document you want to make a copyright sign in, such as Word.

Step 2

Position and click your cursor in the location you want the copyright sign.

Step 3

Type "(c)" and press the space bar. The copyright sign will automatically generate.

Alt Key

Step 1

Open the Windows program and document you want to make a copyright sign in, such as Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Position and click your cursor in the location you want the copyright sign.

Step 3

Click and hold "Alt" and type "0169" on the numeric keypad on the side of the keyboard. The copyright sign will appear in your document. For a laptop or keypad without side numeric keys, click and hold "Ctrl+Alt+C".

Insert Symbol

Step 1

Open the Microsoft program and document you want to make a copyright sign in, such as Word.

Step 2

Position and click your cursor in the location you want the copyright sign.

Step 3

Click the "Insert" tab on the Ribbon, then click "Symbol. Click the copyright sign in the list of symbols. The copyright sign will appear in your document. This is for Microsoft Office 2007 and later versions.For Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier versions, click "Insert," then click "Symbol." A window of symbols will open. Click the copyright sign in the window of symbols, then click "Insert." The copyright sign will appear in your document. Click "Cancel" to close the window.