# What is a quick way to write "dagger" sign in MS Word equation mode?

In MS Word equation mode with the Unicode converter, I write symbols by putting the "\" sign and then typing the specific Unicode, i.e., for the summation sign I write "\sum" and press "space" and I get the summation sign.

But for the "dagger" sign there is no Unicode. Is there any quick and easy way to write it? It takes a lot of time to go to the "Equation" tab and find this sign.

If you refer to the Dagger (mark), it does have a Unicode representation :

U+2020 † DAGGER


And you also have :

U+2021 ‡ DOUBLE DAGGER


In larger format (image) :

The easy method for Word and most Windows applications is to press and hold the Alt key, type 0134 and release the key.

• thank you for your quick response. Should I write "\U+2021" in equation Unicode mode to get this dagger sign? I am doing it and it is not converting to the dagger. (I am sorry, I am not very good with MS Word) Nov 27, 2022 at 20:51
• There is an easier method for Word : Press and hold the Alt key, type 0134 and release the Alt. For more information, see this article. Nov 27, 2022 at 20:55
• @LuqmanSaleem you can also set up your own autocorrect or math autocorrect so that when you type \dag, Word will enter the U+2020 character, and so on. Can be easier to remember! e.g. go to File->Options->Proofing-> Autocorrect on Windows Desktop Word. Nov 27, 2022 at 22:37
• @jonsson OMG. This is the best thing that I have ever found about MS Word. Thank you so so much. Nov 28, 2022 at 11:30
• Alt codes are an OS-level feature of Windows, not an app-level feature of Word. By default, any and all apps will see a button press of † when you type 0 1 3 4 while holding Alt in Windows. It even works in Windows Subsystem Linux, so I can use it in my Ubuntu VM within Windows. (What the app decides to do when that character is typed, of course, is up to the app. And I believe an app can turn this feature off by having its own hooks for the Alt key?) Nov 29, 2022 at 15:08

Another strategy which can be useful if you have a bunch of symbols you don't want to memorize the alt codes for, and you're on Windows 10:

If you press winkey + . (the windows key and the period at the same time), it will bring up a window where you can select from emojis, emoticons, and various unicode symbols.

This keeps a history as well, so your most recently used symbols will be remembered, so once you find the dagger the first time, the subsequent uses will be pretty easy to grab.

This works in any window, as well, so you can easily type † into your Stack Overflow answers if you would like.

Similar to Tessets solution, but also an alternative. Win+R (Run) and then enter charmap and enter.