Angle brackets (< >) are a pair of marks that are used to enclose words or figures so as to separate them from their content. You can

Most modern keyboards and US keyboards have angle brackets on the same key as the comma and period. To type angle brackets on your keyboard, hold Shift and press the comma or period key. If you don’t have this key or can’t find it for some reason, you can use different codes or the character map on your Windows or Mac PC.

Microsoft Programs

If you’re on Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you can type angle brackets using an Alt + X code. This can be used if you have a keyboard that doesn’t have a number keyboard and you’re on a Microsoft program like Word. To type left angle brackets, press 2039 + Alt + X. For right angle brackets, type 203A.

If your keyboard has a number keyboard, then you can type angle brackets using an Alt code – this consists of you pressing a few numbers whilst holding the Alt key. The numerical keyboard is on the right-hand side of your keyboard – most desktop keyboards have a numerical keyboard. If you’re using a laptop, you’ll only see the numbers in the top row of your keyboard and not on the right. To type left angle brackets on your keyboard, type 0139 whilst holding Alt. For the right ones, type 0155 whilst holding Alt.

If you have a laptop or keyboard without a numeric keypad, then you’ll need to use keyboard 7, 8, 0, U, I, O, J, K, L, and M. These keys are alternatives to 0-9 when Num Lock is activated. M=0, J=1, K=2, L=3, U=4, I=5, O=6, 7=7, 8=8, 9=9. If you haven’t got a numeric keypad:

1. Hold Fn + NumLk to enable Num Lock.

2. Hold the Alt key and type 0139. Remember which number corresponds to regular keypads without a numeric keypad. So 0=M 1=J, 3=L, 9=9, 5=i.

3. Let go of all the keys and you should see angle brackets in your text.

Windows Character Map

If you’re confused by the Alt code, then you can just use the Map installed on your computer.

Character Map

1. Open the Start menu and open the Character Map.

2. In Search for, angle and double-click the angle brackets on it to make it appear in Characters to copy.

3. Select Copy to copy the symbol and then you can paste it within your text.


1. Go to the Finder > Emoji & Symbols.


2. In the Search bar, search for angle.

3. Right-click the angle brackets and select Copy Character Info. This will add it to the keyboard.

4. Paste the angle brackets within your text.