How to Type and Use New Symbol of Indian Currency “Rupee” in Programs?

Indian government has finally announced a new official symbol for Indian currency "Rupee" which looks as following:


The problem is that you can't type and use this new symbol as no ASCII code has been assigned to the new symbol yet.

So what to do? How to use this new symbol in your documents?

The solution is very simple. There are 2 ways to type and use Rupee symbol in any program:

  • METHOD 1: By Installing Required Font
  • METHOD 2: By Installing Microsoft Update

METHOD 1: By Installing Required Font

A special font "Rupee Foradian" is available for download which allows you to easily type the Rupee symbol using keyboard.

Following are simple steps to follow:

1. Download the required font using following link:

Download Rupee Foradian Font

2. Extract the file using 7-Zip or WinRAR and you'll get the required font's .ttf file. Right-click on the font file and select "Install" option, it'll automatically install the font in your system.

Alternatively you can copy the font's TTF file to your Fonts directory.

3. Now open your desired application like MS Word to type the Rupee symbol. Select "Rupee Foradian" font from the font list:


4. That's it. Now you just need to press "Tild" (~) key which is placed just before the "1" key or above the "Tab" key and it'll insert the Rupee symbol in your document:


Thanks to our reader "Abhilash" for sharing the font...

METHOD 2: By Installing Microsoft Update

Microsoft has also released an update to support this new currency symbol for the Indian Rupee in Windows Vista, Server 2008, 7 and Server 2008 R2.

This update installs updated versions of following fonts:

  • Microsoft Sans Serif
  • Times New Roman
  • Arial
  • Segoe
  • Tahoma

This update also includes font support, locale changes, and keyboard support. You can download the update using following links:

To type the rupee symbol, type 20B9 and then hold down the ALT key and press X key. (Supported by OneNote, Outlook WordMail and Word.)

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