How to Type a Caret Symbol

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Use the caret symbol to add stress to words or to show editing marks.

Editors in the publishing field use the caret symbol to indicate that there is a section on the page where something is missing. For example, if a word is misspelled because it lacks a needed letter, the editor can insert a caret with the needed letter just underneath it. You can also use carets to mark long vowels in some languages, such as French and Portuguese.


Step 1

Open the document in which you want to include the caret.

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Step 2

Locate the "caret" symbol on the keyboard. This symbol shares a key with the number "6."

Step 3

Press "Shift" and "6" and the caret appears.