List of character, symbol & sign names

Below is an overview of 75 frequently used characters, punctuation symbols or signs that are included in most fonts. These include punctuation marks and other symbols used in typography. Technically these character shapes are called glyphs. Next to each glyph name the Unicode and HTML entity are listed, as well as the ASCII code and HTML entity if these are available. For some of the characters that aren’t available on common keyboards, I listed the keystroke that can be used to insert the character in a text. The typeface used for all examples is Arial Bold.

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Currency $ ¢ £ ¥ ¤
Letters â ç è
Math + × ÷ = ¬ ± < > # %
Numbers ½ ¼ ¾
Punctuation . , : ; ! ¡ ? ¿ & @ \ ¦ { } ( ) [ ] ° ¨ « » ~ _
Symbols | ¦ ° ¨ * µ © ® §

Almost Equal To

Almost equal to sign
Almost equal to sign

Unicode: U+02248
HTML entity: &asymp; – HTML code: &#8776;
Also called approximately equals, asymptotic to or the double tilde. The tilde and the libra sign are sometimes used as an alternative.


Ampersand

Ampersand
Ampersand

Unicode: U+00026 – ASCII: 38
HTML entity: &amp;amp; – HTML code: &#38;
Logogram derived from the letters et – Latin for ‘and’
PC keystroke: usually found in the top row


Apostrophe

Apostrophe
Apostrophe

Unicode: U+00027 – ASCII: 39
HTML entity: &amp;apos; – HTML code: &#39;
Also called the closing single quotation mark
PC keystroke: ALT+39 or ALT+0027


Asterisk

Asterisk
Asterisk

Unicode: U+0002A – ASCII: 42
HTML entity: &ast; – HTML code: &#42;


At Sign

At
At

Unicode: U+00040 – ASCII: 64
HTML entity: &commat; – HTML code: &#64;
In Unicode this is called the commercial at glyph.


Backslash

Reverse Solidus
Reverse Solidus

Unicode: U+0005C – ASCII: 92
HTML entity: &bsol; – HTML entity: &#92;
The Unicode name is reverse solidus even though that glyph is less vertical.


Broken Vertical Bar

Broken Bar
Broken Vertical Bar

Unicode: U+000A6
HTML entity: &brvbar; – HTML code: &#166;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0166


Bullet

Bullet
Bullet

Unicode: U+02022
HTML entity: &bull; – HTML code: &#8226;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0149


Caret

Circumflex
Caret

Unicode: U+0005E – ASCII: 94
HTML entity: &Hat; – HTML code: &#94;
Also called the hat, roof or house sign.
Used in mathematics to represent an exponent, such as a square or cube (e.g. 6^3). Also used as shorthand for Ctrl (e.g. Ctrl+C = ^C). Not to be confused with the circumflex accent which is used on top of characters (e.g. â)


Cedilla

Cedilla
Cedilla

Unicode: U+000B8
HTML entity: &ccedil; for a lowercase c with cedilla
Usually added underneath other glyphs.
Resembles a small ‘5’ in most typefaces.


Cent Sign

Cent
Cent

Unicode: U+000A2
HTML entity: &cent; – HTML code: &#162;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0162
Used in many currencies, sometimes with a vertical line or no line


Colon

Colon
Colon

Unicode: U+0003A – ASCII: 58
HTML entity: &colon; – HTML code: &#58;
Punctuation mark that often precedes an explanation or a list


Comma

Comma
Comma

Unicode: U+0002C – ASCII: 44
HTML entity: &comma; – HTML code: &#44;
Punctuation mark that is among others used to separate parts of a sentence or list


Copyright Sign
Copyright Sign

Unicode: U+000A9
HTML entity: &copy; – HTML code: &#169;
Symbol used in copyright notices
PC keystroke: ALT + 0169 – Mac keystroke: OPTION + g


Curly Brackets

Left Curly Bracket
Left Curly Bracket

Left Curly Bracket
Unicode: U+0007B – ASCII: 123
HTML entity: &lbrace; – HTML code: &#123;
Also called the left brace

Right Curly Bracket
Right Curly Bracket

Right Curly Bracket
Unicode: U+0007D – ASCII: 125
HTML entity: &rbrace; – HTML code: &#125;
Also called the right brace


Currency Sign

Currency Sign
Currency Sign

Unicode: U+000A4
HTML entity: &curren; – HTML code: &#164;
Shorthand for a currency’s name, especially in reference to amounts of money
PC keystroke: ALT + 0164


Degree

Degree Sign
Degree Sign

Unicode: U+000B0
HTML entity: &deg;– HTML code: &#176;


Diaeresis

Diaeresis
Diaeresis

Unicode: U+000A8
PC keystroke: ALT + 0168
HTML entity: &iuml; (for the i with a diaeresis)
Usually added to other characters as an accent.


Division Sign

Division Sign
Division Sign

Unicode: U+000F7
HTML entity: &divide; – HTML code: &#247;
Used to indicate mathematical division even though the ISO 80000-2 standard recommends using the solidus (/) for this  .
PC keystroke: ALT + 0247


Dollar Sign

Dollar Sign
Dollar Sign

Unicode: U+00024 – ASCII: 36
HTML entity: &dollar; – HTML code: &#36;
Also used for the Peso and other currencies


Double Angle Quotation Marks

Also called guillemets or double chevrons
Punctuation marks used as quotation marks in a number of languages

Left Double Angle Quotation Mark
Left Double Angle Quotation Mark

Left pointing double angle quotation mark
Unicode: U+000AB
HTML entity: &laquo; – HTML code: &#171;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0171

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Right Double Angle Quotation Mark

Right pointing double angle quotation mark
Unicode: U+000BB
HTML entity: &raquo; – HTML code: &#187;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0187


Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Unicode: U+02026
HTML entity: &hellip; – HTML code: &#8230;
Also called the triple-dot or suspension point. More info at Wikipedia or Typophile
PC keystroke: ALT + 0133 – Mac keystroke: OPTION + ;


EM Dash

EM Dash
Em Dash

Unicode: U+02014
HTML entity: &mdash; – HTML code: &#8212;


EN Dash

En Dash
En Dash

Unicode: U+02013
HTML entity: &ndash; – HTML code: &#8211;


Equals Sign

Equals Sign
Equal Sign

Unicode: U+0003D – ASCII: 61
HTML entity: & = – HTML code: &#61;
Mathematical symbol used to indicate equality. Also named the equality sign


Euro Sign

Euro Sign
Euro Sign

Unicode: U+020AC
HTML entity: &euro; – HTML code: &#8364;
Used for the euro, the official currency of most European countries
PC keystroke: ALT + 0128


Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark
Exclamation Mark

Unicode: U+00021 – ASCII: 33
HTML entity: &excl; – HTML code: &#33;
Also called the exclamation point
Punctuation mark used to indicate strong feelings or high volume, or to show emphasis, often at the end of a sentence


Female Sign

Female Sign
Female Sign

Unicode: U+002640
HTML entity: &#9792;


Full Stop

Full Stop
Full Stop

Unicode: U+0002E – ASCII: 46
HTML entity: &period; – HTML code: &#46;
Also called the period.


Grave Accent

Grave Accent
Grave Accent

Unicode: U+00060


Greater Than Sign

Greater Than Sign
Greater Than Sign

Unicode: U+0003E – ASCII: 62
HTML entity: &gt; – HTML code: &#62;


Hyphen

Hyphen
Hyphen

Unicode: U+02010
HTML entity: &hyphen; – HTML code: &#8208;
Punctuation mark used to join words, and to separate syllables of a single word.
Different from and slightly shorter than the dashes, like the en-dash (–), and the minus sign (-)


Identical To Sign

Identical To Sign
Identical To Sign

Unicode: U+02261
HTML entity: &equiv; – HTML code: &#8801;
Also called the triple bar sign.
There is also a not identical to sign ( – HTML entity: &nequiv; – HTML code: &#8808;)


Inverted Exclamation Mark

Inverted Exclamation Mark
Inverted Exclamation Mark

Unicode: U+000A1
HTML entity: &iexcl; – HTML code: &#161;
Also called the upside down exclamation mark
PC keystroke: ALT + 0161


Inverted Question Mark

Inverted Question Mark
Inverted Question Mark

Unicode: U+000BF
HTML entity: &iquest; – HTML code: &#191;
Also called the upside down question mark
PC keystroke: ALT + 0191


Less Than Sign

Less Than Sign
Less Than Sign

Unicode: U+0003C – ASCII: 60
HTML entity: &lt; – HTML code: &#60;


Less Than Or Equal To Sign

Less Than Or Equal To Sign
Less Than Or Equal To Sign

Unicode: U+02264 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &le; – HTML code: &#8804;


Lozenge

Lozenge Sign
Lozenge Sign

Unicode: U+025CA
HTML entity: &loz;
Also called the diamond, rhombus or thin rhombus


Male Sign

Male Sign
Male Sign

Unicode: U+02642 – ASCII: –
HTML code: & #9794;


Micro

Micro Sign
Micro Sign

Unicode: U+000B5 – ASCII: –
HTML entity:
This is the Greek letter mu.


More Than Or Equal To Sign

More than or Equal To Sign
More than or Equal To Sign

Unicode: U+02265 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &ge;


Multiplication Sign

Multiplication Sign
Multiplication Sign

Unicode: U+000D7 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &times; – HTML code: &#215;
Also called the times sign or the dimension sign and different from the lower case ‘x’.
PC keystroke: ALT + 0215


Not Sign

Not Sign
Not Sign

Unicode: U+000AC
HTML entity: &not; – HTML code: &#172;
Also called the negation sign
PC keystroke: ALT + 0172


Not Equal To Sign

Not Equal To Sign
Not Equal To Sign

Unicode: U+02260 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &ne; – HTML code: &#8800;


Number Sign

Number Sign
Number Sign

Unicode: U+00023 – ASCII: 35
Also referred to as the pound, hash or octothorp sign


One Half Fraction Sign

One Half
One Half

Unicode: U+000BD – ASCII: –
PC keystroke: ALT + 0189
HTML entity: &frac12;


One Quarter Fraction Sign

One Quarter
One Quarter

Unicode: U+000BC
PC keystroke: ALT + 0188
HTML entity: &frac14;


Parenthesis

Left Parenthesis
Left Parenthesis

Left Parenthesis
Unicode: U+00028 – ASCII: 40
HTML entity: &lpar; – HTML code: &#40;
Punctuation mark used to enclose information
Also referred to as the left round bracket or left curved bracket or opening bracket (in the UK)

Right Parenthesis
Right Parenthesis

Right Parenthesis
Unicode: U+00029 – ASCII: 41
HTML entity: &rpar; – HTML code: &#41;
Punctuation mark used to enclose information
Also referred to as the right round bracket or right curved bracket or closing bracket (in the UK)


Percent Sign

Percent Sign
Percent

Unicode: U+00025 – ASCII: 37
HTML entity: &percnt; – HTML code: &#37;
Symbol used to indicate a percentage, a number or ratio as a fraction of 100.
Also called the percentage sign


Per Mille Sign

Per Mille Sign
Per Mille Sign

Unicode: U+02030
HTML entity: &permil; – HTML code: &#8240;
Symbol used to indicate parts per 1000.
Also called the per mil or per mille sign
PC keystroke: ALT + 0137


Pilcrow Sign

Pilcrow Sign
Pilcrow Sign

Unicode: U+000B6
HTML entity: &para; – HTML code: &#182;
Also called the paragraph mark, paraph or alinea
PC keystroke: ALT + 0182 – Mac keystroke: OPTION + 7


Plus Sign

Plus Sign
Plus Sign

Unicode: U+0002B – ASCII: 43
HTML entity: &plus; – HTML code: &#43;
Math symbol used for addition


Plus Minus Sign

Plus-Minus Sign
Plus-Minus Sign

Unicode: U+000B1
HTML entity: &plusmn; – HTML code: &#177;
Mathematical symbol with multiple meanings, also referred to as give or take.
PC keystroke: ALT + 0177


Pound Sign

Pound Sign
Pound Sign

Unicode: U+000A3 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &pound; – HTML code: &#163;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0163
In the US, the ‘pound sign’ refers to the number sign (#). There’s also a double dash version: ₤


Question Mark

Question Mark
Question Mark

Unicode: U+0003F – ASCII: 63


Quotation Mark

Quotation mark
Quotation Mark

Unicode: U+00022 – ASCII: 34
HTML entity: &quot;
Also called the double quote.


Registered Sign

Registered Sign
Registered Sign

Unicode: U+000AE – ASCII: –
PC keystroke: ALT + 0174
Mac keystroke: OPTION + R
HTML entity: &reg;
Also called the Racol.


Section Sign

Section Sign
Section Sign

Unicode: U+000A7 – ASCII: –
PC keystroke: ALT + 0167
HTML entity: &sect;


Semicolon

Semicolon
Semicolon

Unicode: U+0003B – ASCII: 59


Slash

Solidus
Solidus

Unicode: U+0002F – ASCII: 47
Also called the forward slash or stroke (UK).
In Unicode it is called the solidus even though that glyph is less vertical.


Square Brackets

Left Square Bracket
Left Bracket

Left Bracket
Unicode: U+0005B – ASCII: 91
HTML entity: &lbrack; – HTML code: &#91;
Also called the left crotchet or opening bracket (in the USA)

Right Square Bracket
Right Bracket

Right Bracket
Unicode: U+0005D – ASCII: 93
HTML entity: &rbrack; – HTML code: &#93;
Also called the right crotchet or closing bracket (in the USA)


Tilde

Tilde
Tilde

Unicode: U+0007E – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &tilde; – HTML code: &#126;
Also called the swung dash, squiggly or twiddle.
PC keystroke: ALT + 0126


Three Quarters Fraction

Three Quarters
Three Quarters

Unicode: U+000BE
HTML entity: &frac34; – HTML code: &#190;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0190


Trade Mark Sign

Trade Mark Sign
Trade Mark Sign

Unicode: U+02122
HTML entity: &trade; – HTML code: &#8482;
Symbol to indicate that the preceding mark is an unregistered trademark. For registered trademarks ® is used.
PC keystroke: ALT + 0153 – Mac keystroke: OPTION + 2


Underscore

Low Line
Low Line

Unicode: U+0005F – ASCII: 95
HTML entity: &lowbar; – HTML code: &#95;
Also known as the low line, low dash, or understrike glyph
PC keystroke: ALT+95


Vertical Line

Vertical Line
Vertical Line

Unicode: U+0007C – ASCII: 124
HTML entity: &vert; – HTML code: &#124;
Also called the pipe, piping symbol, Sheffer stroke, vertical slash, think colon or divider line.
Symbol that is commonly encountered in statements involving logic and sets
PC keystroke: ALT+124


Yen Sign

Yen Sign
Yen Sign

Unicode: U+000A5 – ASCII: –
HTML entity: &yen; – HTML code: &#165;
PC keystroke: ALT + 0165 – Mac keystroke: OPTION + Y
Also used for the Chinese Yuan currency


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14 thoughts on “List of character, symbol & sign names

  1. I have a 2011 MacBook Pro which I ordered with a Hiragana keyboard. I prefer the Geneva font for most English work, but can’t determine how to create a ¥ glyph with it. The keyboard has a ¥ key, and it creates the ¥ glyph in other fonts. But using Geneva, that key produces a \ glyph. So does option + y.

    The ¥ glyph is within Geneva, and I have a sample of it which I can paste into text. But thus far I’ve been unable to determine how to create it with my Hiragana keyboard (in roman character mode).

    Does anyone know how to do it?

    Thanks bunches!

  2. Yes! Let me add my “Thanks” Laurens!As you can see I use the Ø char. frequently. Ham radio operators use that to distinguish the zero from a cap. o I keep a couple of the keyboard codes written on the bottom of my keyboard for quick access. It would be nice if the valuable tools you’ve provided could be put in a ‘printable’ form, perhaps in columns on a single sheet, front & back. Thanks again Laurens and Merry Christmas 2011 (or happy Hanukkah. as the case may be.) *<:-{ <= that's a Santa.

    Floyd.

  3. Tilde is used in Spanish for marking the ‘en-yay’ character as used in ‘señor’. ‘Say-nyor’.

    Not same as ‘n’. For example, ‘mañana’ (tomorrow) uses both ‘n’ forms.

  4. Waoh, this is so helpful. I had assumed a lot didnt know what some of these signs mean. However, could you help tell me what the sign ’tilde’ means, I have seen it used seeverally.

    Thanks/Janet

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