Insert the British Pound Sign or Symbol in Microsoft Word Documents (with Shortcuts)

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated February 11, 2022

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

You can insert the pound sign or symbol (£) in a Word document using built-in Word commands or keyboard shortcuts (including Alt code, AutoCorrect or built-in shortcuts). This article applies to the British currency symbol, not the pound sign (#) or hash tag.

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In this article, we'll look at 4 ways to insert or type the pound symbol in a Word document:

  1. Use the Insert Symbol command
  2. Press Alt and then enter a number sequence
  3. Create and use a Word shortcut
  4. Create and use an AutoCorrect entry

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1. Inserting the pound symbol using Insert Symbol

To insert the pound sign or symbol using Insert Symbol in the Ribbon in Word:

  1. Position the cursor in the Word document where you want to insert the pound symbol.
  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 (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Latin-1 Supplement from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Click the pound symbol (£).
  9. Click Insert.
  10. Click Close.

The Insert Symbol dialog box appears as follows (with £ selected):

Insert pound symbol in Word using the Insert Symbol command.

2. Inserting the pound symbol using an Alt keyboard shortcut

To insert the pound sign or symbol in a Word document using Alt:

  1. Position the cursor where you want to insert the euro symbol.
  2. Press and hold Alt + 0163 or Alt + 156 on the numeric keypad.

If the sequence doesn't work, press NumLock on the numeric keypad. If you don't have a numeric keypad on your laptop, you may be able to access number keys at the top of your keyboard in combination with another key (like Fn).

3. Creating your own custom keyboard shortcut

If you insert the pound symbol frequently, you can create your own keyboard shortcut as well.

To create a custom Word keyboard shortcut for the pound 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 (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Latin-1 Supplement from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Click the pound symbol (£).
  9. Click Shortcut. A dialog box appears.
  10. Click in the box below Assign New Shortcut key.
  11. Press the keys you want to assign (such as Ctrl + Alt + P). Don't type any text, just press the keys. Be careful not to override a useful built-in shortcut such as Ctrl + P.
  12. Click Assign. Typically the location for these shortcuts is the Normal (or default) template.
  13. Click Close twice.

Test the shortcut in your document by pressing the assigned keys.

Below is the Customize Keyboard dialog box in Word to create a shortcut for the pound symbol:

Assign shortcut key dialog box in Word to create a shortcut to insert the British pound symbol.

This 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.

4. Creating your own AutoCorrect shortcut

You can also add and use an AutoCorrect shortcut.

To add your own AutoCorrect shortcut for the pound 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 (normal text) from the Font drop-down menu.
  7. Select Latin-1 Supplement from the Subset drop-down menu.
  8. Click the pound symbol (£).
  9. Click AutoCorrect. A dialog box appears.
  10. Enter the characters you want to use in the Replace dialog box such as (p). The pound symbol should appear on the right.
  11. Click Add.
  12. Click OK.
  13. Click Close.

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

The AutoCorrect dialog box appears as follows (to create a pound AutoCorrect entry):

AutoCorrect dialog box to create an AutoCorrect entry for the British pound symbol.

The AutoCorrect shortcut is typically added to the Normal template so when you exit the program, Word should 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.

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