The dagger (†), also known as obelisk or obelus is a typography symbol that usually indicates a footnote if an asterisk has already been used. A double dagger (‡), also known as diesis is a variant with two handles that usually marks a third footnote after the asterisk and dagger.

Most modern keyboards and US keyboards don’t have a dagger or double dagger, so you’ll have to 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 the dagger or double dagger 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 the dagger or double dagger, press 2020 + Alt + X for the dagger and 2021 for the double dagger.

If your keyboard has a number keyboard, then you can type the dagger or double dagger 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 the dagger or double dagger on your keyboard, type 0134 whilst holding Alt for the dagger and 0135 for the double dagger.

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 0135. Remember which number corresponds to regular keypads without a numeric keypad. So 0=M, 1=J, 3=L, 4=U, 5=i.

3. Let go of all the keys and you should see the dagger or double dagger 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, dagger and double-click on the dagger or double dagger to make it appear in Characters to copy.

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

Mac

1. Go to the Finder > Emoji & Symbols.

Emoji

2. In the Search bar, search for dagger.

3. Right-click the dagger or double dagger and select Copy Character Info. This will add it to the keyboard.

4. Paste the dagger or double dagger within your text.