How to Type the Cent Symbol on Your Computer

The cent symbol cannot be directly typed without using a special Alt Code, Unicode character code or shortcut key that automatically converts the code within supported programs. If a program does not support these methods, however, it may support pasting from the Character Map or you can work around the limitation using the dollar sign. If you need to render the cent sign in HTML, these methods won't do you much good; instead use the HTML name or numeric codes.

Cent signs still get used to render small amounts of money.
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Alt Codes

If a program recognizes Alt codes, hold the "Alt" key and type "0155" or "0162" (without quotes here and throughout) on your numeric keypad, depending on the program and your system settings. When you release the Alt key, the cent symbol appears. This method works in Word 2013, WordPad and most browsers. If you don't have a numeric keypad, you can't enter Alt Codes, but you can use Unicode character codes and shortcut keys.

Unicode Character Codes

Type "00A2" on your keyboard and then press "Alt-X" to convert the Unicode character code to the cent symbol. Unlike Alt codes, you can enter the numeric portion of Unicode character codes using the standard, top-row number keys, in addition to the keypad. This method works in Word 2013 and WordPad.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Press "Ctrl-/" and then press "C" to automatically enter the cent symbol in supported programs, such as Word 2013. Although convenient, this method does not work in many programs, including WordPad, OpenOffice or browsers.

Character Map

Type "Character Map" from the Windows 8 Start or Search screen and then select "Character Map." Enter "Cent Sign" in the bottom search field and then double-click the cent sign from the symbol list. Click "Copy" to copy the symbol to your clipboard and then press "Ctrl-V" to paste it into the location of your choosing.


If you're coding an HTML page, you need to use code that HTML recognizes and converts the cent symbol. Enter either "¢" or "&#162" anywhere within normal text (not within the background code) to have it automatically converted to the cent sign.

Dollar-Sign Work Around

Some text-only programs may not recognize codes or pasting specialized characters. In such cases, you can imply cents by moving the decimal point two places to the left and adding a dollar sign. For example, 25 cents can be portrayed as $0.25. Of course, you can also use "cents" in place of the cent sign.