Insert or Type a Copyright, Trademark (TM) or Registered Trademark Symbol in a Microsoft Word Document

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated April 8, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® Word® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or 365 (Windows)

You can insert the copyright, trademark (TM) or registered trademark symbol in a Microsoft Word document using the Insert Symbol command or by using keyboard shortcuts. In this article, we'll review 3 ways to insert these symbols in Word.

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1. Inserting a copyright, trademark or registered trademark symbol using Insert Symbol

You can use the Insert Symbol command to insert special characters in Word documents.

To insert a copyright, trademark or registered trademark symbol using Insert Symbol:

  1. Click where you want to insert the 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. In Word, there are two tabs at the top of the dialog box.
  5. Click the Special Characters tab.
  6. Click the special character you would like to insert.
  7. Click Insert.
  8. Click Close.

Below is the Insert Symbol dialog box in Word with the Special Characters tab selected:

Insert Symbol dialog box in Microsoft Word with copyright, trademark and registered trademark symbols.

You can insert many other special characters using Insert Symbol including accents and Wingdings characters.

2. Inserting a copyright, trademark or registered trademark symbol using keyboard shortcuts

You can also use Ctrl keyboard shortcuts to insert special characters or symbols as follows:

  • Copyright – press Ctrl + Alt + C
  • Registered trademark – press Ctrl + Alt + R
  • Trademark – press Ctrl + Alt + T

3. Inserting a copyright, trademark or registered trademark symbol using AutoCorrect shortcuts

Another alternative is to use AutoCorrect keyboard shortcuts to insert the symbols as follows:

  • Copyright – type (C) and press the Spacebar
  • Registered tradement – type (R) and press the Spacebar
  • Trademark – type (TM) and press the Spacebar

AutoCorrect is a proofing tool that also controls the capitalization of the first letter of a sentence as well as other defaults in Word documents.

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