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How do I type the Japanese Yen symbol?

type the Japanese Yen symbol
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Assuming you’re not using a Japanese keyboard, where the Yen sign is a default key, you may be wondering how to type the Japanese Yen symbol so that you can insert it into spreadsheets, Word documents or emails. Well, here’s how.

How to type the Japanese Yen symbol

The Japanese Yen symbol (¥) – which is also used to represent the Chinese Yuan – can be typed on an English keyboard using what’s known as an Alt Code. But if you don’t know, you’d never guess it in a million years.

To get the Yen symbol, hold down the ALT key next to your spacebar and type the numbers 0165 on the numberpad to the right of most desktop keyboards. It won’t work using the numbers at the top of the keyboard.

If you’re on a laptop or don’t have a numberpad available on your desktop keyboard, don’t despair. By far the easiest thing to do is copy (Ctrl + C or Apple key + C on a Mac) and paste (Ctrl + V or Apple key + V) the symbol from this web page. We’ve put the symbol on a separate line below to make it easier to copy:


How to change the currency to Japanese Yen in Excel

If you’re using Microsoft Excel and want to change a set of figures to Japanese Yen, do the following:

  • Select the cells you wish to convert to Japanese Yen
  • Right-click and select Format Cells
  • Choose Currency from the list on the left
  • Choose Japanese Yen from the list that now appears on the right, as shown below

In either Excel or Microsoft Word, you can also use the Insert Symbol option that appears in the main menu. Click on the down arrow next to “Subset” and choose “Latin-1 Supplement”. The Yen symbol should appear in the first couple of lines.

Now read this: How do I type the Euro symbol on a UK keyboard?

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