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Insert the Ghana Cedi character

The Ghana Cedi currency character isn't supported in Windows or Office - so how can you enter it?

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After our article about inserting Numero and other symbols into Office - trust an Office Watch reader to find a character not available in a supplied Windows / Office font:

" The currency in Ghana is the Cedi. The symbol used is an upper-case C with a forward-slash through it. As far as I know there is no ready-made symbol available. Some people use the lower-case cent symbol ¢. " - Manu H.

The Cedi character looks much like this:

Ghanian Cedi character image from Insert the Ghana Cedi character at

However the cedi character on Ghana banknotes is a little different, with a smaller 'c':

Ghanian Cedi character on 2008 banknote image from Insert the Ghana Cedi character at

Its Unicode number is 20B5

Sadly this character is NOT in the Arial Unicode MS font which normally can be relied upon to supply a symbol or letter you need.

There are various solutions you can try for the Cedi or any other 'missing' symbol, depending on your situation:

Find a font

Perhaps the easiest is to find a font that includes the symbol you need.

Segoe UI has a wide range of symbols including the Cedi character.  Segoe UI is supplied with Windows Vista and Office 2007.

Code2000 is a shareware font ($5) with over 60,000 characters including the Cedi. Download, install the font you can use it in your documents.

The two Cedi characters look a little different.  The Code2000 version is wider and has serifs.  Segoe UI is narrower and sans-serif.

Ghanian Cedi character in Code2000 and Segoe UI image from Insert the Ghana Cedi character at

To get the Cedi character, go to Insert | Symbol in your Office program. Select Code2000 or Segoe UI from the font list then scroll down to the Cedi (or type 20B5 in the character code box).

Office - Insert Symbol Ghanian Cedi with Code2000 font image from Insert the Ghana Cedi character at

If you share the document, the symbol won't appear unless the receiver also has the matching font installed or you have embedded the font symbols into the document.

To embed fonts into an Office 2007 document go to Options | Save | Preserve fidelity when sharing this document. Office 2003 has the same feature at Tools | Options | Embed TrueType fonts.

You can make a shortcut or AutoCorrect entry to speed up future typing.

Quick and Dirty Cents

For very occasional use some people use the cent symbol ¢ and increase the size a few points. This is passable in casual use and where the currency is clear from the context but probably not good enough for a professional document.

The Bank of Ghana uses the cent symbol (HTML code: ¢ ) to display the cedi character on their web site.


Manu points out that you can use the Equation editor in Word to make an acceptable Cedi:

"In Word I have used a macro based on C plus insert field EQ \O(/). This has worked, more or less, but only in Word."

That's a clever hack but, as Manu notes, is only available in Word. If you shared a document with an EQ field it might confuse the receiver no end.


Update:  following a tip from Scott K. we updated the article to include mention of the Segoe UI font option.  Thanks Scott, nice find!

Article posted: Wednesday, 19 November 2008

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