Insert a Triangle Symbol in Word Documents

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 23, 2022

Applies to: Microsoft® Word®  2013, 2016, 2019, 2021 or 365 (Windows)

You can insert or type a triangle symbol in Word documents using built-in commands or keyboard shortcuts. There are several triangles that you can insert including large solid triangles or small solid triangles. You can change the color of a triangle by selecting it and changing font color.

In this article, we'll review 4 ways to insert a triangle symbol in Word:

  1. Use the Insert Symbol command in the Ribbon
  2. Use an Alt keyboard shortcut by pressing Alt and then typing a number sequence
  3. Create and use a custom AutoCorrect shortcut
  4. Apply a custom triangle bullet

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1. Inserting a triangle symbol using Insert Symbol

To insert a triangle symbol using Insert Symbol:

  1. Position the cursor in the document where you want to insert a triangle symbol.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, select Symbol. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click More Symbols. A dialog box appears.
  5. If necessary, click the Symbols tab.
  6. Select Wingdings 3 from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Click a triangle symbol.
  8. Click Insert.
  9. Click Close.

The Insert Symbol dialog box displays triangle symbols in several sizes and types:

Insert symbol dialog box in Word to insert a triangle.

To access the dialog box using your keyboard, press Alt > N > U > M (Alt then N then U then M).

2. Using an Alt keyboard shortcut to insert a triangle symbol

You can press the Alt key in combination with numbers on the numeric keypad to insert a triangle symbol.

Use the following Alt code shortcuts to insert large solid triangles:

  • Press Alt + 30 to insert the large solid upward-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 31 to insert the large solid downward-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 9654 to insert the large solid right-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 9664 to insert the large solid left-pointing triangle

Use the following Alt code shortcuts to insert small solid triangles:

  • Press Alt + 9652 to insert the small solid upward-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 9662 to insert the small solid downward-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 9656 to insert the small solid right-pointing triangle
  • Press Alt + 9666 to insert the small solid left-pointing triangle

If the sequence doesn't work, press the NumLock key on the numeric keypad.

If you don't have a numeric keypad, you may be able to press the Fn key and access the numbers at the top of your keyboard.

Creating a custom AutoCorrect shortcut for a triangle symbol

To add your own AutoCorrect shortcut for a triangle symbol:

  1. Position the cursor in a Word document.
  2. Click the Insert tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Symbols group, click Symbol. A drop-down menu appears.
  4. Click More Symbols. A dialog box appears.
  5. If necessary, click the Symbols tab.
  6. Select Wingdings 3 from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Click a triangle symbol.
  8. Click AutoCorrect. A dialog box appears.
  9. Enter the characters you want to use in the Replace dialog box such as tri1. Do not use spaces and keep in mind that AutoCorrect is case sensitive.
  10. Click Add.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Click Close.

To use the AutoCorrect entry, type the characters you entered in Replace, such as tri1, and then press the Spacebar.

The AutoCorrect dialog box appears as follows:

AutoCorrect dialog box in Word to create shortcut to insert a triangle symbol.

The AutoCorrect shortcut is typically added to the Normal template so when you exit the program, Word will prompt you to save the Normal template. If your IT department has disabled modification of the Normal template, you won't be able to use this method.

Applying a custom triangle bullet

You can also apply a triangle symbol as a bullet at the beginning of selected paragraphs.

To apply a custom triangle bullet to selected paragraphs:

  1. Select the paragraphs to which you want to apply a triangle bullet.
  2. Click the Home tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Click the Bullets drop-down menu in the Paragraph group and select Define New Bullet. A dialog box appears.
  4. Click Symbol. A dialog box appears.
  5. From the Font drop-down menu, select Wingdings 3.
  6. Scroll through the symbols until you find the triangle you want to use as a bullet and click it.
  7. Click OK twice.

When you click Define New Bullet, the following dialog box appears where you can click Symbol and select a triangle symbol:

Define new bullet dialog box in word to insert a triangle symbol.

If you want to change the color of a triangle bullet, in the Define New Bullet dialog box, click Font, select a color from the Font Color drop-down menu then click OK twice.

If you want to remove triangle bullets, select the paragraphs and click Bullets in the Home tab in the Ribbon.

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