New symbol for Rupee and how to get currency symbols with Windows

We might try really hard but the fact is money is probably one of the most recognizable symbols of any country. Say the word “Dollar” and we think of the US or ‘Pound” and its United Kingdom. The Indian Rupee has previously been denoted as INR with no symbol of its own. From now on the Indian Rupee has its own unique symbol to identify it.

The process for getting it recognized as a standard is quite a protracted one and it is expected that within two years it will be recognized as the symbol for Indian Rupee. We might start seeing this symbol on your currency notes and other things like bills and bank statements.

HCL and HP might roll out a keyboard soon with the symbol being made available. Ofcourse the big change comes when Operating Systems start adopting this as a symbol for Indian Rupee and make it available across various scripts.

Indian Rupee with its popular symbol will join the ranks of the US Dollar ($), Euro (€), Sterling Pound (£) and Japanese Yen (¥).

I thought you might like to know how to write these symbols on your keyboard even they are not easily made available like the US Dollar sign is almost universally present on almost all keyboards.

While typing down use the codes below if you are using any Windows OS.

ALT+0128 = € for Euro Currency Symbol
ALT+0162 = ¢ for Cent sign
ALT+156 = £ for Sterling Pound
ALT+0165 = ¥ for Yen Sign

What do you think about the new Indian Rupee symbol? Did you expect more or does it look just about perfect? Do let me know through your comments.


Anshul July 16, 2010

I like the new symbol since it is easy to write. And thanks for telling how to type euro, yen etc. It’ll be interesting to see how the Operating Systems change to include this symbol.

Wanted to correct you on two points:

1) INR will still be used to represent Indian rupee. It is not a symbol but a code that is used in International market to denote a currency, just like USD, EUR etc.

2) The symbol will not appear on the currency notes. Among currencies with distinctive identities like Dollar, Yen, Pound, Euro etc. only the pound sterling has its symbol printed on the notes.

I wrote a post about the new symbol for Indian rupee which you might want to check at my blog.

Aditya Kane July 16, 2010

I had watched in an interview that the symbol will be used on currency notes but that will probably takes years. Thanks for telling me about INR and its true that INR will be used in most currency markets but the symbol will be used more often than INR which is used instead of bills and official documents. This was confirmed by the central govt yesterday saying it would be a way to push forward making this symbol more popular.

Anshul July 16, 2010

Not sure about the symbol appearing on currency notes, since according to NDTV report it won’t. Even if it does, it’ll take very long as you said, as it’ll require phasing out the old coins and notes. It took 8 years for Australia to completely shift to polymer notes, so it’ll definitely take more than that.

I personally wish the symbol appears on the currency notes. 🙂

Aditya Kane July 16, 2010

Makes no sense to not have the symbol on notes considering it was created to set itself apart from other currencies which use Rupee or Rupaih.

Dinesh July 16, 2010

it will not appear on the currency notes or coins, it would be included in the ‘Unicode Standard’ and major scripts of the world to ensure that it is easily displayed and printed in the electronic and print media.

Zubin July 17, 2010

I guess.. Our childrens will shop online by depositing currency notes with the rupee symbol.. Transacting online in INR with the symbol and printing the receipt with the symbol.. Only if they print the symbol on our currency notes and if everything goes correct on time.. Lets hope 4 the better future of our kidsz!!

Jitesh Golecha July 18, 2010

nice to here this 🙂

ankit shah July 19, 2010

i would like to give you guys some info that our new rupee symbol can be written you just need to download a font here is the link

an then install it -> open notepad type “`” without quotes. and thr you have it njoy.

And no need of new keyboard. Welcome to World of computer when things can be done in days why to wait for long.

Bipeesh August 4, 2010

The foradian is a font which substitues one of the symbol “`” with the new indian rupee symbol. This forces everyone to use this font.

Jitendra mengi August 13, 2010

The symbol is good and finally our rupees reconized with symbol in world ,but how it is implemented in comuter ? and I think it will be soon available on indian currency.