Sometimes you need to use the trademark symbol (™) in a document or elsewhere when using your laptop. Since the keyboard has only a limited number of symbols, it can be difficult to write out the trademark symbol.
To help you out, we’ve created this guide to show you the easiest way to do it. Assuming you’ve never had to write out the trademark symbol before; it’s very likely that you’ll one day. By reading this guide, you’ll know how to type the trademark symbol on your laptop.
Some people type the trademark symbol awkwardly because they don’t know the simplest methods. For example, you do a Google search and find the Wikipedia page with the trademark symbol. Then you copy the symbol and try to paste it into your document.
Okay, you can correct it in your document, but that drags out the whole process. Wouldn’t it be better if you just knew how to type a perfect trademark symbol on your laptop and didn’t have to struggle with copying and pasting from Wikipedia? You know that makes sense, so read on to learn how you can achieve it.
We’ll show you how to type the trademark icon using a Windows or Mac-based laptop. Then we’ll show you how to do it with different apps. You’ll be surprised how easy it’s once you know the secret. So let’s get started, shall we?
Typing the Trademark Symbol on a Windows Laptop with the Character Map
You want to use the Windows Character Map to find the trademark symbol. Type “Character Map” in the Windows search bar. Now you’ll see the “Character Map” option in the results. Click it to open the application.
You should now see many different characters that you can use with your Windows laptop. Look at the bottom of the application for the advanced view and check the corresponding box if it’s not already checked.
At the bottom of the screen you’ll see a search bar titled Search for. You can now type in the Trademark sign and then click the Search button. This should make all the other icons disappear except for the trademark icon. Alternatively, you can search through the icons until you find the trademark icon.
When you’ve the trademark icon in view, double-click it. This will create a copy of the symbol in the Characters to Copy field. Now all you’ve to do is click the Copy button. This will copy the symbol to the Windows clipboard.
Now you can open an application like Notepad to paste it there. If you use another application like MS Word, you can paste the trademark icon directly. Maybe you’re sending an email and want to include the trademark icon? Just paste the icon into your email programme while writing your email.
You can also paste the trademark symbol into social media apps if you need it for a post or message. You can add the trademark symbol into any app where you can enter text.
Typing the Trademark Symbol on a Windows Laptop with a Keyboard Shortcut
Another way to enter the trademark symbol on a Windows laptop is to use a keyboard shortcut. This is faster than opening the Character Map and searching for the trademark symbol, and then copying and pasting it.
Here you need to hold down the ALT key on your keyboard and then type in 0153. Once you’ve entered the numbers, release the Alt key. It’s best to use this method when you’ve a document or page open (e.g. your email programme), because then the trademark symbol will be applied immediately. You don’t need to copy and paste here. This number is called alt code.This key combination may only work if you’ve a number pad on the right side of your keyboard. It may not work if you use the number keys at the top of your keyboard above the letters.
Typing the Trademark Symbol on a Mac Laptop
If you’ve a Mac laptop, such as a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, entering the trademark symbol is a little different than on a Windows laptop. You must’ve a document, email client, or web page open where you want to insert the trademark symbol.
Your cursor must be in the place where you want the trademark symbol to appear. This is important because this method automatically inserts the trademark symbol, and you don’t want it to appear in the wrong place.
As with a Windows laptop, there are two ways to type the trademark symbol on a Mac laptop. You can use a keyboard shortcut to insert the trademark symbol into your document or where you want it.
The best way is to press a key combination at the same time to insert the trademark symbol. You can either use the combination of the Shift key, the Option key, and the number 2 (Shift + Option + 2).
The other method to insert a trademark symbol is to click on the Edit menu. A dropdown box will appear where you need to select Emojis & Symbols. This will open the Mac Character Viewer (similar to the Windows Character Viewer).
There are tabs on the left and you need to select Punctuation. If you don’t see that, try the Expand option to have more choices. You should see the trademark symbol in the third row on the bottom right. There are two choices for trademark symbols here, small and large.
Double-click on either the small or large trademark symbol to instantly paste the symbol where your cursor is in a document or web page, etc. You don’t have to do any copy and paste here.
Typing the Trademark Symbol using specific applications
If you use a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs, you can easily add the trademark symbol to your documents. In Microsoft word, you’ve to place the cursor where you want the trademark symbol to appear.
Then click on the Insert option in the menu bar. On the far right of the menu bar you’ll see the Symbols section, where you can choose between Equation and Symbol. Click on the Symbol option.
If you can’t see the trademark symbol here, click on More Symbols and a window with many available symbols will open. The trademark symbol is usually in the middle because it’s used frequently. Just click on the trademark symbol and the symbol will automatically be inserted in your document at the position of your cursor.
In a Google Doc, the process is similar. Position your cursor in your document where you want the trademark icon to appear. Click the Insert tab and then click Special Characters. Select the Arrows drop-down menu and then Miscellaneous.
Now you’ll see the trademark symbol and you can click on it to insert it into your document. If you would like to know how to type the degree symbol, read this other article!