Add copyright symbol © in Gimp as text 19

In gimp in order to add a copyright symbol © inside a text, you can use the following trick both for Windows as well as Linux.

Press Ctr-Shift-u then type a9 and press enter. It’s a weird way but it works!


 Update: Those who are seeing boxed u’s in your image, do not worry its a gimp GUI bug, it isn’t really part of your image. You can safely save your changes and ignore the boxed u’s. You will notice they remain on the gimp screen even if you close the image. Just restarting Gimp will permanently remove it.



19 thoughts on “Add copyright symbol © in Gimp as text

  1. Reply Dave Nov 5,2019 9:37 pm

    awesome!Thank you! I got the copyright symbol up straight away thank you! So helpful, thank you.

  2. Reply Daniel Mar 3,2018 8:02 am

    I looked it up. I googled “trademark symbol in hexadecimal unicode” and it showed shift+ctrl+u, then type 2122 and press enter!

    If anyone else is looking for a special character in GIMP, try looking it up in hexadecimal unicode!

    This is the only solution I’ve found online that works!

  3. Reply Daniel Mar 3,2018 7:44 am

    Can you use this same method to get the TM and R symbols?

  4. Reply Jos Boom Aug 8,2017 11:14 pm

    Hi I am new at GIMP, can’t get it done, I get 50000

  5. Reply Leslie james Jan 13,2017 4:48 pm

    on a Mac just try , alt and g this works fin for me ©

  6. Reply Patty Nov 5,2015 3:57 am

    Thank you

  7. Reply Kyle Apr 29,2015 11:48 pm

    I’ve figured it out, but I also have several boxed u’s on my screen. I have no clue how to get rid of them.

  8. Reply Skorpio Jan 21,2015 5:51 am

    Worked like a charm. Thank you very much!

  9. Reply Sep 24,2014 1:59 pm

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox
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    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Appreciate it!

  10. Reply SKS Sep 16,2014 4:00 pm

    Thanks but ctrl+shift+u worked for me and not alt+shift+u.

  11. Reply Somebody Aug 4,2014 5:18 pm

    That worked! Thank you! I’ve tried two other ways but this works!

  12. Reply another David Dec 29,2013 2:58 am

    Bobi, I think you were trying it in an editor not expecting special symbols. Use the Gimp text tool while editing an image to create a text box which is going to put some text in that image.

    Then, in Photoshop you could press Alt and type 0169 and the copyright symbol will appear in the line of text.

    In Gimp, once you have the text box open, press alt-shift-u. This sends a single character command in to the GIMP text box’s text handler. Ignore whatever (if anything appears). The text box is now expecting a numeric value in an unprintable range. You enter the desired value in hexadecimal notation, that is, powers of 16, using the letters a b c d e f to continue the single digits above 10 all the way to 15. Counting from 0 to 15 in hex goes like this: 1, 2, 3, … 7, 8, 9, a, b, c, d, e, f.

    So after pressing alt-shift-u, you key in a9 and then Enter. a9 in hex is 169 in decimal because the a in the 2nd position is 10×16 or 160 and the 9 in the 1st position is, well, 9. After you press Enter the copyright symbol appears.

    If you are not editing an image, then why are you using GIMP? Whatever editor, word processor or whatever you are using, its instructions will have to tell you how to get special symbols not on your keyboard into its text.

    It is amazing to me that the Adobe docs I have seen do not tell you how to do this for Photoshop; and the GIMP docs I have seen do not tell you how to do it in GIMP. Having two hex digits available means you can enter a two hex digit number, which can run from 0 to ff, that is, from 0 to 255, that is, from 0 to 16 squared minus 1.

  13. Reply jon Dec 13,2013 2:37 am

    it worked! thanks!
    but i did it wrong the first time and can’t get rid of the box with the u in it. how do i get rid of that?

    • Reply Michael Dec 15,2014 12:20 am


      I think I have this figured out. But in the course of learning I have several ‘boxed u’s’ on my screen. How do I remove them?


      • Reply Shelly May 16,2015 9:50 am

        I need to get rid of several “boxed u’s” after pressing CTRL+SHIFT+U. How do I remove them?


        • Reply Ajo Paul May 16,2015 2:00 pm

          Shelly, I am away from a gimp system for now, give me 1 day let me try to figure this out, ok?

          Did doing the normal Ctrl-z not undo the action?

  14. Reply Bobi Oct 7,2013 9:43 am

    I have tried several suggestions to make a copyright symbol. I get a “u” with a border. I’m creating a text box and type inside of it. This will be for print.

    I have also used the code 0169 with the same result. I thought of importing an image but it would have to be a transparent background which I haven’t found. I hope you can help. Thanks

  15. Reply David Sep 6,2013 5:43 pm

    The insertion ‘trick’ for the copyright symbol is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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