Insert upside-down A into Word Doc


I'm trying to insert an upside down "A" (the mathematical symbol for "All" into a Word doc. I can't find it under INSERT ---> SYMBOL.
Upside down A
On this webpage,

I found the symbol.  It shows the character as U+2200

Following that link eventually took me here:

With this info in mind, how can I perform this insertion? (Of course, if someone tells me that it's among the Word 2016 predefined symbols, so much the better. :) )

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Hold the Alt key and type 8704 on the numeric keypad.  Release the Alt key and you should have the symbol.

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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
another way to do it st using insert tab ―> Wordart  OR Textbox then rotate the textbox 180°
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:

Your solution seems to work, but with two caveats:
1. I had to turn on NUM LOCK. Is that behavior expected?
2. Once I tried it, after I released the ALT key, there was some hesitation...the Windows blue wheel spun for maybe a second or two. Any reason for that?

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Hi Stephen

The NumLock key is what toggles the numeric keypad on and off.  This does not work with the number keys along the top of the keyboard.  Using the Alt key in combination with them will do different things depending on what window you have open at the time because the key combination will work as shortcuts to various Windows or application menus and features.

I'm not sure why it would hesitate for longer than half a second before inserting the symbol.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the clarification. I was using the numeric keypad...I just needed to turn on NUM LOCK.

Favor: Any chance you could repost your solution and add that NUM LOCK must be on? It was not intuitive to me b/c I never have it turned on...I always use the #s on fop of the keyboard.

Thanks. WIll respond to anything further this evening...time to start the day job. :)
Hi Stephen.  I will consolidate my comments into one below along with some extra information.

When typing some characters into a text field in an application you often have keyboard shortcuts that allow you to type characters that may be unusual to English, for example the French E Acute (or Aigu)   é  can be typed using the  Ctrl  Alt and  e  keys together (usually shown as Ctrl + Alt + e).  There aren't too many of these available though, and it doesn't work in all text fields anyway, so people most often use other methods (see below).

When using Microsoft Office applications you can use the function Insert menu > Symbol to see a selection of unusual characters.  This shows a dialog window entitled Symbol from which you select the characters you need.  On every version of Windows I have used (and I assume it has persisted into Windows 10) there has also been a tiny "Character Map" program that can be launched by typing  CHARMAP or CHARMAP.EXE into the Start Menu's Run field.  You can select characters, copy them to the Windows clipboard, and paste the copied characters into most applications that accept typed characters.

When using the MS Office Symbol or the Windows charmap.exe you will see the "character code" that represents the symbol.  This is usually shown as U+xxxx to indicate that it is the Unicode character.  For some symbols you may also see "shortcut key" mentioned and shown as Alt+xxxx.  To use this shortcut key you press the Alt key on your keyboard and then type in the number using the Numeric Keypad at the right of the standard keyboard.  When you release the Alt key the symbol will be inserted into whatever application you are inserting this typed symbol.

NOTE:  For the Numeric keypad to work the Num Lock key on the numeric keypad must be activated.  On most standard keyboards a light will come on to show that numlock is toggled to On.  I input a lot of numbers at work and it would take me 4 times longer to do without the numeric keypad.

NOTE: You cannot use the number keys along the top of the keyboard for this.  Using the Alt key in combination with them will do different things depending on what window you have open at the time because the key combination will work as shortcuts to various Windows or application menus and features.

Let's take the copyright symbol © that comprises a C inside a circle as an example.  If you type (c) into a Microsoft Office application it usually automatically converts this to the copyright symbol.  This action can be disabled in the MS office "autocorrect" settings if, like me, you find it a nuisance.  You can type the copyright symbol into a Microsoft Office application and into some text editors and input fields like this one here using the Alt+0169 keycode.   This should be shown in the MS Office Insert > Symbol dialog and in the CHARMAP dialog, but it's hardly worth knowing or remembering the code number if you have already opened either of those and can use that to insert or copy and paste the character.  It may be worth remembering a handful of commonly used codes though, for example the è can also be typed using Alt+0232, é can be typed using Alt+0233, and the A with a circumflex â can be typed using Alt+0226.

There are handy charts on various pages on the Internet for the Alt+ keyboard shortcuts:

The numbers used for these characters correspond with the special ASCII codes that are used in HTML for displaying special characters on web pages correctly in browsers.

To have a web page correctly show the © symbol you need to use the special code    ©     or   ©
Note that the numeric code matches the  Alt+0169  code used to insert the symbol into text editors that support the Alt+ action.   HTML entities like this are always preceded by an ampersand & and end with a semicolon ;
Most have reserved names  AND numeric codes

Your FORALL symbol ∀ can be shown in a browser using the special codes    ∀          or    ∀    in the HTML code that makes up the page.
Note again that the 8704 numeric value matches the Alt+8704 used to insert the symbol.
A lot of these DEC (Decimal) codes work as Alt+ codes in MS Word if you ever wanted a recycling character (Alt+9851) or a disabled symbol (Alt+9855) :
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Bill, for your wealth of info. Will need a little time to process it all, so let me get back to you.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the wealth of info. I don't have time to try it out, but will tag it as Assisted in case others find it useful.

Bottom line: The numeric keypad solution is sufficient for my purposes. Just be sure that NUM LOCK is turned on. Mine was not, and I did not get the expected results until I activated it. Tagging myself to be sure people see this little detail. :)

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Bill, thanks again.
Thank you Stephen
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Scott.
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