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Using Unicode Character Symbols in Excel

Unicode Character Symbols

Special character symbols from the set of Unicode characters like ☐, ☑, ⚐, ⚑, ▲, and ▼ can be useful for many different things in Excel. You can use them in drop-down lists, charts, custom number formats, dot plots and in-cell pictographs. As the Office software and web browsers continue to support the display of more symbols, I expect the use of special characters will make it possible to do even more cool stuff with Excel.

I created this page so that I would have a quick reference for the types of symbols that I use frequently in Excel. Why? Because the Insert Symbol feature in Excel doesn’t include many of the symbols I like to use, and one of the easy ways to get a symbol into Excel is to copy/paste the symbol from a web page.

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Inserting Special Characters and Symbols in Excel

1. From the Web: Copy and Paste

There are many places on the internet to find lists of unicode characters. Usually, you can just select the unicode character from your browser and press Ctrl+c to copy it, then Ctrl+v to paste it into Excel. If you are editing the text or formula within a cell, then it will paste just the character (instead of the formatting from the web page).

2. Excel: Insert > Symbol

In the more recent versions of Excel, you can browse some of the unicode characters using the Insert > Symbol dialog. It will tell you the name of the symbol as well as the character code.

Unfortunately, the Insert Symbol tool does not list many of the extended Unicode symbols. If you would like to see this tool improved, please visit excel.uservoice.com and Vote For My Suggestion.

Excel Insert Symbol ToolThe Insert Symbol Tool in Excel 2016

You can use the hexidecimal Character code value to display a character in html by entering it as &#xNNNN; where NNNN is the hex code. Example: ▲ (▲)

If you have found the Decimal code (which I have listed on this page for many symbols), you display it in html as &#NNNN; (leaving out the “x”).

3. Windows: Inserting Special Symbols Using ALT Codes

Some special characters can be inserted by pressing ALT+#, where the # is entered using the number pad. Hold the Alt key while you press the number sequence then lift up on the ALT key. I’ve only learned one code by heart: ALT+0169 is the © symbol. See the references below for a list of ALT codes.

4. Excel: Create Shortcuts to Insert Symbols Using Auto-Correct

You may already be familiar with how (c) automatically changes to © and (r) changes to ® in Office applications. When using this feature, you type (c) and then either press Enter or another character, and Excel changes it to ©. If you don’t want that to happen, you can press Ctrl+z to undo the auto-correct.

The cool thing is that you can add your own custom shortcuts for the special characters or symbols that you use the most.

In Excel 2013/2016, go to File > Options > Proofing and click on Auto-correct Options. A window will pop that lets you define shortcuts for special symbols. I’ve been doing this for years, and have found that using the abbreviated name or graphical representation in parentheses works great. For example (plusmn) for ±, and (middot) for the dot you place between units in labels like N·m (Newton-meter).

Excel Insert Symbol ToolFiles > Options > Proofing > Autocorrect Options

The table below lists only SOME of the thousands of symbols you might want to use. Some of the names in parentheses are the same named used for the HTML equivalent, such as ° for ° and ÷ for ÷. Others are just examples of what I like to use such as (->>) for ►.

(plusmn) ± (alpha) α (capalpha) Α (/\)
(deg) ° (beta) β (capbeta) Β (\/)
(micro) µ (gamma) γ (capgamma) Γ (<<-)
(ohm) Ω (delta) δ (capdelta) Δ (->>)
(infin) (epsilon) ε (capepsilon) Ε (–)
(middot) · (zeta) ζ (capzeta) Ζ (larr)
(bull) (eta) η (capeta) Η (rarr)
(ge) (theta) θ (captheta) Θ (uarr)
(le) (kappa) κ (capkappa) Κ (darr)
(ne) (lambda) λ (caplambda) Λ (star)
(asymp) (mu) μ (capmu) Μ (starempty)
(dot) ˙ (xi) ξ (capxi) Ξ (heart)
(equiv) (pi) π (cappi) Π (lightcheck)
(part) (rho) ρ (caprho) Ρ (check)
(change) (tau) τ (captau) Τ (boxE)
(del) (omega) ω (capomega) Ω (boxC)
(times) × (sigma) σ (capsigma) Σ (boxX)
(divide) ÷ (phi) φ (capphi) Φ (lightmark)
(radic) (circ) (block) (mark)
(sum) (circempty) (smallblock) (flag)
(prod) (cut) (note) (flagempty)

Symbols in Data Validation Drop-Downs

Using special symbols or dingbats within drop-down lists is a great substitute for a checkbox in Excel. I’ve demonstrated this in various task list and action item templates. You can also use stars or flag symbols for flagging priority items in a list.

Try It – Create a Substitute for a Checkbox in Excel: Open a new worksheet in Excel, select cell A1 then go to Data > Data Validation and select the List option. Copy the following characters (including the comma), and paste them into the Source field: ☐, ☑

Check Marks and Check Boxes


10003

10004

10005

10006

10007

10008

9744

9745

9746

Flags and Circles


9873

9872

11044

11604

9711

Symbols for Milestones


9670

9671

9672

Symbols for Ratings


9733

9734

10084

9829

9825
👍
128077
👎
128078

The feature comparison template demonstrates how you can use a data validation drop-down list to create a star-rating by entering ★,★★,★★★ into the Source box for the list.

Emoji Rating System

😍
128525
😃
128515
🙂
128578
😐
128528
😕
128533
🙁
128577
😠
128544

For a larger list of emoticons, see this page.

Data Bars and Pictographs

Pictographs or Dot Plots

You can use the =REPT(text,number_times) function to repeat a character, as demonstrated in the article “Create a Dot Plot in Excel“. Below is an example of a very basic in-cell pictograph.

REPT function for in-cell pictographIn-Cell Dot Plot using REPT

One of the problems with using symbols for pictographs is that the REPT() function cannot display a fraction of a symbol. If you need a graph to show decimal values rather than just whole numbers, you can create a small picture (such as a screen capture of a Unicode character) and use it within an Excel chart to create a pictograph like the example below.

Sample Pictograph in ExcelSample Pictograph in Excel using a Bar Chart and Picture Fill

If you would like to see Microsoft make it easier to use Symbols as a Fill option, go to excel.uservoice.com and Vote for My Suggestion.

Data Bars

Data bars are often used in spreadsheet dashboards to show in-cell bar graphs. They can also be used for progress bars if the cell is scaled to 0%-100%. You may not need to use this technique for in-cell graphics in Excel any more because of the awesome conditional formatting options. However, Google Sheets does not have in-cell data bars yet, so using the REPT() function is one way to create something like a data bar (see the image below).

REPT function for data bar in Google SheetsData Bar in Google Sheets

The table below lists the main characters I use for this technique. Note that although there are some skinny bars (like 9612), for data bars you need to use the characters that do not include any blank space.


9606

9607

9608

9612
▆▆▆▆ ▇▇▇▇ ████ ▌▌▌▌

Other Useful Symbols

Triangles / Arrows


9644

9650

9660

9658

9668
ALT+22 ALT+30 ALT+31 ALT+16 ALT+17

These are the symbols I like to use for up/down signals. The dash is obviously not an arrow, but the this dash symbol works well as a “zero” when using the up/down symbols in custom number formats (see the examples below). There are a LOT of different kinds of arrows, but I use these triangles more often than other arrows. See my Unicode Symbols page for a huge list of arrows.

Scissors


9984

9985

9986

9987
✁—————————–

In combination with a custom number format of “@*-” and merged cells, the scissors can be used in forms like a remittance slip on a billing invoice to create a guide for cutting.

Some Sports Symbols


9917

9918
🏈
127944
🏀
127936
🚲
128690

9971
🎾
127934

9975

9976

Time and Clocks


8986

9200

8987

9203
🕓
128339
🕜
128348

There are symbols for each hour and half hour on the clock. See this page for a full list.

Moon Phases

🌑
127761
🌒
127762
🌓
127763
🌔
127764
🌕
127765
🌖
127766
🌗
127767
🌘
127768
🌙
127769

Symbols in Custom Number Formats

Special characters can be used within custom number formats as a substitute for conditional formatting icons. You can also use this technique to format numbers that appear in charts! Take a look at the examples below.

Custom Number Format Examples with Special CharactersExamples using custom number formats with special symbols

The following custom format codes were used to generate the example shown in the screenshot above:

⬤,ⵔ : [Color10]⬤* 0;[Red]⬤* -0;[Color16]ⵔ* 0;@
▲,▬,▼ : [Color10]▲* 0;[Red]▼* -0;[Color16]▬* 0;@
⚑,⚐ : [Color10]⚑* 0;[Red]⚑* -0;[Color16]⚐* 0;@
☑,☐,☒ : [Color10]☑* 0;[Red]☒* -0;[Color16]☐* 0;@

If you haven’t seen color codes like [ColorN] used in custom number formats before, you can read this article. I created the graphic below to show how the [ColorN] codes correlate to the the old .xls color palette. I created the squares (█▌) next to the color codes by combining the █ and ▌ characters.

Custom Number Format Color CodesColor codes for custom number formats (based on the default color palette)

Examples in Templates

1. Feature Comparison Template – This template demonstrates many different ways of using unicode characters and conditional formatting, including check boxes and star-ratings within drop-downs.

✓, ✔, 🗶, ✗, ✘, ✪, ★, ☐, ☑, ☒, ⚐, ⚑, ◆, ⬧

★,★★,★★★,★★★★,★★★★★

Feature Comparison Table

2. Attendance Sheet Template – This template shows how you can use fun symbols for taking attendance instead of a boring “x”. The COUNTA() function will count the cells that aren’t blank, so it doesn’t matter what symbol you use. These characters look even better in the Excel app on an iPhone.

Attendance Sheet Template

Emojis, Emoticons, and other Miscellaneous Symbols

The Unicode emojis and emoticons do not necessarily appear the same in all browsers and apps, but it’s worth pointing out that most of these symbols can be displayed in new versions of Excel. The following table provides a quick way to look at some of these symbols. To browse a huge list of Unicode symbols, see my Unicode Symbols page.

To use one of these characters in Excel: you can copy/paste a character from the table below. After copying the emoji character, you can paste it within a formula or anywhere else that you might paste a text character.

😀
128512
😁
128513
😂
128514
😃
128515
😄
128516
😅
128517
😆
128518
😇
128519
😈
128520
😉
128521
😊
128522
😋
128523
😌
128524
😍
128525
😎
128526
😏
128527
😐
128528
😑
128529
😒
128530
😓
128531
😔
128532
😕
128533
😖
128534
😗
128535
😘
128536
😙
128537
😚
128538
😛
128539
😜
128540
😝
128541
😞
128542
😟
128543
😠
128544
😡
128545
😢
128546
😣
128547
😤
128548
😥
128549
😦
128550
😧
128551
😨
128552
😩
128553
😪
128554
😫
128555
😬
128556
😭
128557
😮
128558
😯
128559
😰
128560
😱
128561
😲
128562
😳
128563
😴
128564
😵
128565
😶
128566
😷
128567
😸
128568
😹
128569
😺
128570
😻
128571
😼
128572
😽
128573
😾
128574
😿
128575
🙀
128576
🙁
128577
🙂
128578
🙃
128579
🙄
128580
🙅
128581
🙆
128582
🙇
128583
🙈
128584
🙉
128585
🙊
128586
🙋
128587
🙌
128588
🙍
128589
🙎
128590
🙏
128591
🚀
128640
🚁
128641
🚂
128642
🚃
128643
🚄
128644
🚅
128645
🚆
128646
🚇
128647
🚈
128648
🚉
128649
🚊
128650
🚋
128651
🚌
128652
🚍
128653
🚎
128654
🚏
128655
🚐
128656
🚑
128657
🚒
128658
🚓
128659
🚔
128660
🚕
128661
🚖
128662
🚗
128663
🚘
128664
🚙
128665
🚚
128666
🚛
128667
🚜
128668
🚝
128669
🚞
128670
🚟
128671
🚠
128672
🚡
128673
🚢
128674
🚣
128675
🚤
128676
🚥
128677
🚦
128678
🚧
128679
🚨
128680
🚩
128681
🚪
128682
🚫
128683
🚬
128684
🚭
128685
🚮
128686
🚯
128687
🚰
128688
🚱
128689
🚲
128690
🚳
128691
🚴
128692
🚵
128693
🚶
128694
🚷
128695
🚸
128696
🚹
128697
🚺
128698
🚻
128699
🚼
128700
🚽
128701
🚾
128702
🚿
128703
🛀
128704
🛁
128705
🛂
128706
🛃
128707
🛄
128708
🛅
128709
🛆
128710
🛇
128711
🛈
128712
🛉
128713
🛊
128714
🛋
128715
🛌
128716
🛍
128717
🛎
128718
🛏
128719
🛐
128720
🛑
128721
🛒
128722
🛓
128723
🛠
128736
🛡
128737
🛢
128738
🛣
128739
🛤
128740
🛥
128741
🛦
128742
🛧
128743
🛨
128744
🛩
128745
🛪
128746
🛫
128747
🛬
128748
🛭
128749
🛮
128750
🛯
128751
🛰
128752
🛱
128753
🛲
128754
🛳
128755
🛴
128756
🛵
128757
🛶
128758
🛷
128759
🌀
127744
🌁
127745
🌂
127746
🌃
127747
🌄
127748
🌅
127749
🌆
127750
🌇
127751
🌈
127752
🌉
127753
🌊
127754
🌋
127755
🌌
127756
🌍
127757
🌎
127758
🌏
127759
🌐
127760
🌑
127761
🌒
127762
🌓
127763
🌔
127764
🌕
127765
🌖
127766
🌗
127767
🌘
127768
🌙
127769
🌚
127770
🌛
127771
🌜
127772
🌝
127773
🌞
127774
🌟
127775
🌠
127776
🌡
127777
🌢
127778
🌣
127779
🌤
127780
🌥
127781
🌦
127782
🌧
127783
🌨
127784
🌩
127785
🌪
127786
🌫
127787
🌬
127788
🌭
127789
🌮
127790
🌯
127791
🌰
127792
🌱
127793
🌲
127794
🌳
127795
🌴
127796
🌵
127797
🌶
127798
🌷
127799
🌸
127800
🌹
127801
🌺
127802
🌻
127803
🌼
127804
🌽
127805
🌾
127806
🌿
127807
🍀
127808
🍁
127809
🍂
127810
🍃
127811
🍄
127812
🍅
127813
🍆
127814
🍇
127815
🍈
127816
🍉
127817
🍊
127818
🍋
127819
🍌
127820
🍍
127821
🍎
127822
🍏
127823
🍐
127824
🍑
127825
🍒
127826
🍓
127827
🍔
127828
🍕
127829
🍖
127830
🍗
127831
🍘
127832
🍙
127833
🍚
127834
🍛
127835
🍜
127836
🍝
127837
🍞
127838
🍟
127839
🍠
127840
🍡
127841
🍢
127842
🍣
127843
🍤
127844
🍥
127845
🍦
127846
🍧
127847
🍨
127848
🍩
127849
🍪
127850
🍫
127851
🍬
127852
🍭
127853
🍮
127854
🍯
127855
🍰
127856
🍱
127857
🍲
127858
🍳
127859
🍴
127860
🍵
127861
🍶
127862
🍷
127863
🍸
127864
🍹
127865
🍺
127866
🍻
127867
🍼
127868
🍽
127869
🍾
127870
🍿
127871
🎀
127872
🎁
127873
🎂
127874
🎃
127875
🎄
127876
🎅
127877
🎆
127878
🎇
127879
🎈
127880
🎉
127881
🎊
127882
🎋
127883
🎌
127884
🎍
127885
🎎
127886
🎏
127887
🎐
127888
🎑
127889
🎒
127890
🎓
127891
🎔
127892
🎕
127893
🎖
127894
🎗
127895
🎘
127896
🎙
127897
🎚
127898
🎛
127899
🎜
127900
🎝
127901
🎞
127902
🎟
127903
🎠
127904
🎡
127905
🎢
127906
🎣
127907
🎤
127908
🎥
127909
🎦
127910
🎧
127911
🎨
127912
🎩
127913
🎪
127914
🎫
127915
🎬
127916
🎭
127917
🎮
127918
🎯
127919
🎰
127920
🎱
127921
🎲
127922
🎳
127923
🎴
127924
🎵
127925
🎶
127926
🎷
127927
🎸
127928
🎹
127929
🎺
127930
🎻
127931
🎼
127932
🎽
127933
🎾
127934
🎿
127935
🏀
127936
🏁
127937
🏂
127938
🏃
127939
🏄
127940
🏅
127941
🏆
127942
🏇
127943
🏈
127944
🏉
127945
🏊
127946
🏋
127947
🏌
127948
🏍
127949
🏎
127950
🏏
127951
🏐
127952
🏑
127953
🏒
127954
🏓
127955
🏔
127956
🏕
127957
🏖
127958
🏗
127959
🏘
127960
🏙
127961
🏚
127962
🏛
127963
🏜
127964
🏝
127965
🏞
127966
🏟
127967
🏠
127968
🏡
127969
🏢
127970
🏣
127971
🏤
127972
🏥
127973
🏦
127974
🏧
127975
🏨
127976
🏩
127977
🏪
127978
🏫
127979
🏬
127980
🏭
127981
🏮
127982
🏯
127983
🏰
127984
🏱
127985
🏲
127986
🏳
127987
🏴
127988
🏵
127989
🏶
127990
🏷
127991
🏸
127992
🏹
127993
🏺
127994
🏻
127995
🏼
127996
🏽
127997
🏾
127998
🏿
127999
🐀
128000
🐁
128001
🐂
128002
🐃
128003
🐄
128004
🐅
128005
🐆
128006
🐇
128007
🐈
128008
🐉
128009
🐊
128010
🐋
128011
🐌
128012
🐍
128013
🐎
128014
🐏
128015
🐐
128016
🐑
128017
🐒
128018
🐓
128019
🐔
128020
🐕
128021
🐖
128022
🐗
128023
🐘
128024
🐙
128025
🐚
128026
🐛
128027
🐜
128028
🐝
128029
🐞
128030
🐟
128031
🐠
128032
🐡
128033
🐢
128034
🐣
128035
🐤
128036
🐥
128037
🐦
128038
🐧
128039
🐨
128040
🐩
128041
🐪
128042
🐫
128043
🐬
128044
🐭
128045
🐮
128046
🐯
128047
🐰
128048
🐱
128049
🐲
128050
🐳
128051
🐴
128052
🐵
128053
🐶
128054
🐷
128055
🐸
128056
🐹
128057
🐺
128058
🐻
128059
🐼
128060
🐽
128061
🐾
128062
🐿
128063
👀
128064
👁
128065
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128100
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128101
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128102
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128103
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128104
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128105
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128107
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128108
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128109
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128110
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128111
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128112
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128113
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128114
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128116
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128118
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128119
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128120
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128122
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128148
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128150
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128152
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128157
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128159
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128160
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128163
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128164
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128166
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128170
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128171
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128172
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128173
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128174
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128176
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128178
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128184
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128187
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128191
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128192
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128198
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128200
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128202
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128203
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128204
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128205
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128206
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128207
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128208
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128209
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128210
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128221
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128222
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128224
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128225
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128226
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128227
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128228
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128229
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128230
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128231
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128232
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128233
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128234
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128235
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128236
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128237
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128243
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128250
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128254
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128255
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128256
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128257
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128258
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128259
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128260
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128261
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128262
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128263
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128264
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128265
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128267
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128268
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128269
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128270
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128271
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128280
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128286
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128288
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128292
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128293
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128295
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128297
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128299
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128300
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128302
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128305
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128307
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128309
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128321
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128323
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128324
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128325
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128326
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128327
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128328
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128329
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128331
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128332
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128333
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128334
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128338
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128340
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128344
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128357
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128359
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128360
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128361
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128364
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128365
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128366
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128368
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128370
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128374
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128376
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128377
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128378
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128379
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128380
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128381
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128382
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128398
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128399
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128400
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128402
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128403
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128404
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128406
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128407
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128408
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128409
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128410
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128411
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128413
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128424
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128427
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128428
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128440
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128441
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128446
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128447
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128450
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128451
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128452
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128453
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128454
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128455
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128456
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128457
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128458
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128459
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128460
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128461
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128462
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128463
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128464
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128467
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128468
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128469
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128470
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128471
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128472
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128473
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128475
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128476
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128477
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128479
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128480
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128481
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128484
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128486
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128487
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128488
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128489
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128490
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128491
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128492
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128493
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128494
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128496
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128497
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128498
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128499
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128500
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128501
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128502
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128503
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128504
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128505
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128506
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128507
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128508
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128509
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128510
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128511

Unicode Characters vs. Symbol/WingDings Fonts

One of the main benefits of using Unicode characters instead of Symbol and Wingdings fonts is that the Unicode characters will show up correctly in drop-down lists and you can use them in formulas and custom number formats. If you change the font of a cell to wingdings, the formula may still be readable in the Formula bar, but it is unreadable when editing the formula within the cell.

I’ve also had fewer compatibility problems when using common Unicode characters than when using special fonts.

Notes and References

✅, ❎ : Codes that are a specific color in a browser show as black/white in Excel desktop and the color can be changed. But changing the color of these won’t work in Excel online or Google Sheets, which are browser-based apps.

🙂,🙃,🙄,🙅,🙆,🙇,🙈,🙉 : Some emojis render the same way they appear in texts on the iPhone when used within the Excel mobile app.

Need to convert HEX codes to Decimal? Use the HEX2DEC() or DEC2HEX() functions in Excel.

References

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