Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Copyright Mark.

Inserting a Copyright Mark

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 12, 2020)

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There are a number of special symbols that are often used in the course of creating a document. One common symbol is the copyright mark, which is a small letter c surrounded by a circle. Copyright marks are easy to add to your document, assuming you are using a version of Word that has AutoCorrect and that it hasn't been turned off or modified. If this is the case, you should be able to type a lowercase c surrounded by parentheses—as in (c)—and Word will automatically change the three characters to a copyright mark when you press the Space Bar after the closing parenthesis.

If you have AutoCorrect turned off, there are a number of other ways you can insert a copyright mark. If you use the keyboard a lot, you can simply press Ctrl+Alt+C. If you prefer to use the mouse, you can follow these steps:

  1. Display the Insert tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the Symbol tool (in the Symbols group) and then click More Symbols. Word displays the Symbol dialog box.
  3. Click on the Special Characters tab. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Special Characters tab of the Symbol dialog box.

  5. Choose Copyright from the list of available characters.
  6. Click on Insert.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1526) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Inserting a Copyright Mark.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-02-14 18:23:22

Paul

Mr. Mann is apparently not a copyright lawyer. It is true that copyright now exists when the document is created in tangible form, however you can not sue for copyright infringement w/o a certificate - which is the key to the courthouse. And that is why you should register and get a certificate from the Copyright Office. An infringer of an unregistered copyright may not be liable for any damages incurred before registration and proper notice - which is also a requirement for registration.


2015-02-14 07:28:37

Millard F. Mann

Any of these ways work well. It may be of interest to keep in mind that it is not necessary to show a copyright in order to have a copyright. The newest copyright laws specify that a copyright exists as soon as anyone writes the first word of a document, whether stated or not. Nothing needs to be done for this to be in force, i.e., there is no such thing as applying for a copyright, like there is in the case of a patent.


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