To point or indicate the direction, we often use the Arrow symbol. Other than this, we use this symbol to mention the relationship between two things or say what is implied to, etc. There are more than 600 types of arrow symbols used at present. You will find the arrow keys on your PC keyboard. However, the arrow keys are for navigation purposes, and pressing it doesn’t insert the arrow symbol. To type some special characters like square root, heart symbol, etc., on the keyboard requires an additional set of actions to be carried out. With this, you can insert them on your document or the screen. While there are hundreds of arrow keys available, we will see the preliminarily used ones here. So follow along to know “how to type an arrow symbol with the keyboard?“.

How to Type Arrow Symbol with Windows Keyboard?

Alt Code

For Windows Keyboard, we have Alt Codes. We can use Alt code to get the various symbols that aren’t available on the keyboard. It is nothing but Greek or Latin. You will press the concerned set of keys after pressing and holding the Alt keys. We don’t have to search the symbols on the Character set.

Alt Key
Alt Key
  • Place the insertion point in the place you would like to type the arrow.
  • Then press and hold the Alt Key on your keyboard.
  • And now press the key combinations allotted to the Arrow you want to type.
SymbolName Alt Codes
Upward Arrow24
Downward Arrow25
Right Arrow26
Left Arrow27
Left – Right Arrow29
Up to Down Arrow18
Up to Down with base Arrow23
Upwards filled Arrow30
Downwards filled Arrow31
Rightwards filled Arrow16
Leftwards filled Arrow17
  • Now release the Alt Key.

Remember: Alt Code only works on the keyboards with the numeric pad. In the case of a laptop, use Fn+Num Lock Key to unlock the numeric pad. Use the numeric keys one above the alphabets.

Related: Learn to type Euro Symbol on keyboard.

Unicode

The next way to type an arrow symbol is using Unicode. This code also has Alt key involvement. But we do have small differences.

Alt + X
Alt + X
  • Place your insertion point in the place where you are about to insert the arrow symbol.
  • Then type the Unicode in the same order.
SymbolName Alt Codes
Upward Arrow2191
Downward Arrow2193
Right Arrow2192
Left Arrow2190
Left – Right Arrow2194
Up to Down Arrow2195
Up to Down with base Arrow21A8
Upwards filled Arrow2BC5
Downwards filled Arrow2BC6
Rightwards filled Arrow2BC8
Leftwards filled Arrow2BC7
  • And highlight it or select it.
  • Then press and hold the Alt key.
  • And then press the X key.

Once you release. the key arrow symbol will appear.

Remember: Unicode only works on the keyboards with the numeric pad. In the case of a laptop, use Fn+Num Lock Key to unlock the numeric pad. Use the numeric keys one above the alphabets.

How to Type Arrow Symbol with Mac Keyboard?

Character Pallet

We actually don’t have an Alt code or Unicode for typing the arrow symbol on Mac. The only way is to insert the symbol is from the character pallet. Or you can assign the codes for the Arrow keys.

Arrow Keyboard Symbol on Mac
Arrow symbol on mac
  • Press the Control + Command + Space keys to pull out the character pallet.
  • On the left panel, choose the Arrows symbol.
  • Surf and select the arrow symbol you want to insert.
  • Double click on it to copy it to the clipboard.

Customize Shortcuts

Type Arrow symbols on Mac - Customize Keyboard
Type Arrow symbols on Mac – Customize Keyboard
  • Just copy the arrow symbol you want to insert from the character pallet.
  • Then go to System Preferences >> Keyboard.
  • Choose the Text tab and click on the Add (+).
  • Paste the symbol on the width column.
  • Then on the replace column type the concerned key combination.

Whenever you type those combinations, the specified arrow symbol appears.

How to Type Arrow Symbol with Linux Keyboard?

In the case of the Linux Keyboard, there is a certain change in the key combinations. Other than that, the procedure remains the same to type the arrow symbol.

SymbolName Alt Codes
Upward ArrowCtrl + Shift + U => 2191
Downward ArrowAlt + U
Right ArrowAlt + I
Left ArrowAlt + Y
  • Another option is Compose keys, which you can customize with the desired key combinations.
Compose Keys - Arrow Keyboard Symbol
Compose-Keys
  • Go to System Settings >> Keyboard Settings >> Typing >> Compose.
Keyboard Layout - Arrow Keyboard Symbol
Keyboard Layout
  • Click on the Add icon and then type in the desired combinations.

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